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Second Rhodes Scholar Anti-racism Awareness Week promotes campus-wide discussions student recipient in a row
Argosy Correspondent What is racism and how does it impact our lives? These were two of the questions asked during the Anti-Racism Awareness Week that was hosted at Mount Allison from November 22 to 26 and sponsored by Mt. A’s International Centre and MOSAIC. Events included an academic discussion panel, a student discussion, and hand printings for an anti-racism awareness mosaic. The various events were designed to bring students together for discussions about the nature of racism and its presence at Mt. A. Over the course of Anti-Racism Awareness Week, many students had their hand print taken in support of the initiative and as a show of solidarity with other students on standing up to racism. The handprints were then hung in the student centre in bright strings to give a visually stimulating representation of the slogan of Anti-Racism Week, “Give Diversity A Hand.” Some of the other events included
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Kelly O’Connor to study refugees and forced migration studies at Oxford
News Editor Fourth year International Relations student, Kelly O’Connor received news last Saturday afternoon that she has been selected as one of the two recipients from the Maritimes, and one of eleven from all over Canada to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. “I freaked out, I hyperventilated, I cried…and disrupted everybody’s dinner”, said O’Connor, who was waiting for her take-out dinner with a friend in a Fredericton café, when she learned that she has been selected for the scholarship. “I feel incredibly fortunate, just to have been selected to be interviewed was an honour, and to have received the scholarship was just a bonus,” O’Connor explained. Mount Allison University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell said, “Kelly O’Connor is an exceptional student who has contributed greatly to her community, both at Mount Allison and beyond. She joins a long list of Mount Allison graduates who have gone on to study at the University of Oxford as Rhodes Scholars. I wish her the very best and congratulate her on behalf of the entire Mount Allison community on her latest achievement.”
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film screenings and discussions about how they relate to racism. One film that was screened was a Russell Peters comedy film. The question was asked to the audience: Is Russell Peters combating racism through humour or reinforcing stereotypes? The answer was left to participants to debate and decide. The week encouraged
Flora Chung participants to not only answer these questions, but also to raise questions of their own to foster discussions around campus on the topic. An academic discussion panel took place at the Wu centre on Wednesday November 24. However,
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The long road to the top
Two years after a devastating knee injury, Bradley Daye is named first-team All-Canadian
Sports Writer Over a stellar five-year career at Mount Allison, Halifax native Bradley Daye has experienced personal highs and lows, and on Thursday night in Quebec City, his career officially ended on a high note as he was announced to the first-team All-Canadian squad. Teammates Adam Molnar (wide receiver) and Mike Filer (offensive guard) were honoured as secondteam All-Canadians for their strong performances this past season, helping guide the Mounties to a 4-4 record, second place finish, and home playoff berth. Daye, a fifth-year cornerback, was the backbone of the Mounties’ defence this season, but the road to becoming an All-Canadian was never easy. Mount Allison was the only school to recruit Daye out of high school; he came into the league a lightweight at only 150 lbs. “I just wanted to play football,” says Daye. “Nobody else recruited me, and the coaches said I’d have a chance to play.” The product of St. Pat’s High in Halifax received high praise from Mt. A Head Coach Kelly Jeffrey, who at the time was the Mounties’ special teams coordinator. “I believe it was the game at St FX his first year when I realized we had a special player,” comments Jeffrey. “They kept going after him on deep passes because they knew he was young, but he just continued to knock the ball away and they eventually stopped trying to test him.” 2007 was a breakout for the sophomore Daye, both as a receiver and a defensive back. He finished fourth in the AUS in receptions with 31, and accumulated 23 tackles and four pass breakups in the secondary. In the season finale against Saint Mary’s, Daye set an AUS record with
Over the interview weekend, dinner, social events, and a formal interview process were organized to allow the panelists to gain a sense of the candidates’ over-all character and their experiences. The dinner was hosted prior to the formal interview. “All the candidates were very good and it was a pretty intense process… meeting the panelists was awesome and there were some really engaged and interesting [candidates],” O’Connor reflected. She described the formal interview process as designed to test intellectual skills and reasoning ability, and included hypothetical situation questions that put the candidate in “impossible situations.” O’Connor pointed out that her summer internship experience in Boston researching in International
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In an unsurprising report, FDA announces the dangers of alcoholic energy drinks. SCI/TECH, PAGE 13
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designers be. carries a wide range of items including jewellery pieces from seven different Canadian designers including a collection from Mt. A graduate Lynda Constantine. Winter hats, scarves, and mittens all handcrafted by a local knitter and locally hand-woven pashminatype scarves are also staples of be. The store has a variety of other colourful items such as hand-hooked rugs imported from New England and a number of recently added vintage necklaces, brooches, buttons and more that the ladies have picked up at local antique shops. Fisher commented that a certain brand of lace underwear called Hanky Panky has been particularly exciting for some students because previously it had only been available in larger cities. Two different brands of socks, Happy Socks and Smartwool, are also available at be. and are extremely popular among Sackvillians. “Wanderlust had them before, and I can’t keep them in stock,” she said. The store also has affordable and stylish scarves which Fisher said are flying off the racks. Recently, the two women added individual
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chocolates and cupcakes to their repertoire. “The individual chocolates are nice for university students, they don’t have to buy an entire box of chocolates, it makes a nice gift for your roommate or significant other,” explained Fisher. The cupcakes are made by The Cake Box bakery in Moncton and come in fun colours and flavours. Fisher is excited about the cupcakes and thinks the idea of dropping in for a little indulgence is nice. “The cupcakes are very popular, they sell out as soon as we get them in,” said Fisher. Orders can be placed in store, by phone at 939-3388, or by email at be.boutique@ymail. com . For more information, check out their website at styleyourlife.ca
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Over the last week, facilities management has been digging outside of Convocation Hall for a 290,000 dollar tunnel infrastructure upgrade project. According to Facilities Management Project Manager Ron Eickholt, the work in front of Con Hall included the relocation of an eighth Town of Sackville waterline running through the sides of the tunnel connecting the Ralph Pickard Bell Library with Marjorie Young Bell Convocation Hall, and necessitated the large excavation in front of that building. Other parts of the project include new lighting and sprinkler installation, repairs and re-insulation of the steam line feeding into Con Hall, and the installation of a tunnel access door in the library basement. The tunnel provides steam supply to Convocation Hall for heating purposes. Eickholt explained that the structure was deteriorating and suffering damage to its electrical system due to steam leaks and limited access for proper service.
The Facilities Management project aims to improve underground tunnel infrastructure.
The project includes relocation of a waterline protruding through the sides of the tunnel, the removal of two man holes that were the only access to the tunnels previously, and the re-insulation of the steam lines to conserve heat loss. These upgrades improve safety for maintenance crews and secure an uninterrupted heat supply to Convocation Hall. With the relocation of the waterline and all associated work, facilities management staff
and contractors will be able to safely access the service tunnel for maintenance of the tunnel itself, and mechanical and electrical systems located within. The excavation in front on Convocation Hall was completed last week; the hole has been filled in and paved allowing full access to the pathway connecting Con Hall with the rest of campus. Eickholt expects that all associated work related to the excavation will be substantially completed by the end of this year.
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anything that comes out of this, we’d like to have a seat at the table.” Mt. A student, Stephen Spence asked if the students pay residential taxes to the province which Kroeker noted they do not. VP Campus Life Pat Joyce gave his report, stating the student helpline, acting as a complement to Beautiful Minds where students can speak oneon-one confidentially with someone, will begin as a pilot project in the next semester and will be reviewed at the end of next year. Food committee concerns came up next, with Joyce stating that University nurse Cindy Allen is planning a meeting for the food reps for all residences. Satellite residence councillor, Lia D’abate, asked if there should be one food rep for each satellite house or one for all the houses. Joyce responded that there is only one for all the satellites. Additionally, Joyce reported that Board of Regents representative Kristina Mansveld had brought forward concerns of Coke Free Mount A during a Student Affairs meeting at the Board of Regents, although no conclusion had been reached. In addition, as a result of the recent poster issue, VP Academic, Nathan Walker, stated that Dave Thomas, a professor in International Relations, served notice of two motions that he will be bringing forward at the next Senate meeting. One motion regarded the condemnation of CocaCola for a removal of the posters. The second motion referenced a general assurance of academic freedom of corporations at the university and a guarantee that students can be critical of corporations regardless of whether the university has a stake in them. Gregg-Wallace followed with his report, beginning by stating that the Speech from the Throne, outlining the mandate of the incoming provincial government, was given the day prior, and that post-secondary education had been discussed. He noted that the government had also discussed adult literacy, non-traditional student grants, a timely-completion benefit review, a multi-year funding agreement, and apprenticeships. Gregg-Wallace also reported that the NBSA Executive Director position was to end on December 7, which is where seventy-five to eighty per cent of the NBSA’s budget is direct and will have a huge impact on NBSA finances. The next NBSA meeting will surround how the elimination of the position negatively or positively affects students in the provinces, how it affects student fees, and the potential that this will have on the symposium in January.
Minister of Labour, Hon. Martine Coulombe, has appointed members and chairperson to a Conciliation Board. The minister has given the conciliation board until January 31, 2011 to provide a board report. Meanwhile both sides are continuing to meet; according to University’s spokesperson Tony Frost, “Both sides continue to meet and progress is being made.” MAFA President Richard Hudson said, “I still have hopes for an agreement by Christmas, but, then, earlier I had hopes for an agreement by the end of last summer.
A crowd of Mount Allison students joined the SAC meeting on November 24 for “Bring a Friend to Council” Day as a part of SAC Awareness Week. VP External Affairs, Mark Kroeker, reported on a letter submitted by the SAC in regards to voting eligibility and concerns of the town. During the provincial elections, the province had stated that anyone who had been in the province for forty days could vote. Concerns arose from the Town of Sackville over counting the votes of non-taxpaying citizens, ultimately writing a letter to the province expressing these concerns. Kroeker and President Sam Gregg-Wallace responded by submitting another letter on behalf of students. Kroeker stated that, “even though we’re only here for four years, some of us might stay and some might go. There’s a lot that happens that might affect us while we are here, and students should have the right to have their voice heard.” Kroeker stressed that the SAC does appreciate the town’s concerns, but that, “If there’s
Conciliation Board Members Jim Oakley, Saint John, Newfoundland
Both the University and MAFA have agreed upon Oakley to serve as the chairperson of the Conciliation Board. Oakley is an arbitrator with experience with labour disputes and negotiations. Appointed November 17, 2010
Eric Durnford, QC
The university has named Dunford, a Halifax-based lawyer, as its sides-person on the Conciliation Board. Appointed November 9, 2010
Chris Ferns, NS
MAFA has named English professor from Mount Saint Vincent University as its sides-person. Appointed November 9, 2010
Mt. A student looking forward to pursuing humanitarian law, gender, and armed conflict at Oxford, England
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Humanitarian Law and Gender was a critical experience in her decision to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship. During her off time, when she traveled to New York, “I met someone who is currently on the Rhodes Scholarship and was studying Refugees and Forced Migration Studies in Oxford,” O’Connor explained. She noted that she felt very encouraged to apply for the scholarship after their conversation and with further research, she realized, “This is it… this is what I want, and it just fell into place over the summer.” O’Connor is currently one of the student coordinators for the Centre for International Studies on campus and has spent time abroad both in Boston and in Ghana volunteering with WUSC. She plans on studying Refugees and Forced Migration Studies, with a particular focus on gender, humanitarian law, and armed conflict. The Rhodes Scholarship supports post-graduate students to attend Oxford University in England, covering tuition, college fees, and a living expense stipend. Candidates must be well-rounded, engaged individuals, who not only display academic and intellectual excellence, but also a commitment to leadership and public service. The Rhodes scholarship established by Cecil Rhodes in 1902, is recognized as the oldest international scholarship, and selects candidates who show the most remarkable potential to receive this award. Every year, eighty-four scholars are selected from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Zambia, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, Swaziland, India, Bermuda, Commonwealth Caribbean, Jamaica, Germany, Pakistan, and Hong Kong.
Low turn-out at anti-racisim panel
Continued from cover Most of the racism I see is institutionalized or systematic, but it is under the surface. Gino Paesani Public Education Coordinator of Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area
people were cowards,” said Gloade. Net Chamaplin, a fourth year student from Thailand, believed that Canada was a very tolerant place before she came to Mt. A. One night while walking home, Chamaplin had a racist comment yelled at her from a passing-by car. The comment was about her status as a minority in Canada. “What do you mean ‘go home foreigner?’,” wondered Chamaplin as she recounted the event during the panel discussion. Each speaker had a different take on racism but each agreed that it is still an issue in our modern day society. All the panelists noted that the days of open racism are in Canada’s past, but subtle racism is still common in Canadian society. In order to combat this new form of racism, many of the panelists argued that open and frank discussions, like the ones that arose during the week, were the key to providing education to fight against racism.
a disappointing number of students turned out for the event which featured panelists from the university administration, faculty, students, and community representatives. This discussion panel’s topic was the interpretation of racism from the various viewpoints of the panel members. Melody Petlock, Mt. A’s harassment adviser was quick to note that, “[Racism] does exist at Mount Allison.” Building on Petlock, Gino Paesani, the public education coordinator of the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area, said that the racism he encounters is subtle and not overtly obvious. “Most of the racism I see is institutionalized or systematic but it is under the surface,” said Paesani. Manson Gloade, a senior Aboriginal Initiatives Advisor for the government of Canada, spoke of his time in Catholic school as a child. Gloade said that the bus he took to school was known as the “Indian Bus”, even though it was the only bus that came to the school. Gloade said that there was absolutely no reason to term his school bus the “Indian Bus” other than racism. Gloade went on to say that many of the racists he has encountered would never say a racist comment openly. “A lot of these
December 2, 2010
Argue that environmental regulations surrounding hydro-fracking need updating
A newly formed group of concerned New Brunswickers rallied outside the legislature this past Tuesday demanding stricter regulations surrounding responsible resource development in the province. Citizens for Responsible Resource Development (CRRD) is calling for a halt on natural gas development until stricter regulations can be implemented to safeguard the environment, the communities, and the public interest. CRRD is concerned with the associated environmental risks, which include the contamination of drinking water, environmental damages, and disturbing drilling noises, and are linked to the exploration and potential extraction of shale gas in the province of New Brunswick. Bethany Thorne-Dykstra, president of CRRD, explained that the ultimate result they hope to attain in rallying is, “To sit down with the government and get some teeth added to the regulations surrounding responsible resource development in our province.” The group is currently backed by the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, an environmental non-governmental organization that wants to ensure local communities are given the authority to determine the acceptable locations and scale of natural gas development within their boundaries. Brad Walters, a Mount Allison Geography Department professor and Coordinator of Environmental Studies, thinks the new group has the potential to facilitate government changes to the regulations. “Up until now, the government has not been taking the interests of potentially affected landowners into consideration, but this might be changing,” he voiced. The group represents the interests of New Brunswickers across the province in several different communities. “This kind of genuinely grassroots movement is difficult to ignore because their message is more likely to appeal to the sympathies of average New Brunswickers,” Walters argued. Walters believes that the province’s current regulatory framework is inadequate and is unable to safeguard the environment from the repercussions that stems from fracking. He points out that the current framework was designed for conventional oil and gas. “Shale fracking is a very different, more complex, and risky endeavour given the heavy use of toxic chemicals,” Walters said.
Concerned citizens group rallies for halt on fracking in New Brunswick
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Concerned citizens rallied outside of the legislature to advocate for stricter environmental regulation for natural gas development in NB.
Sussex. Residents lost their drinking water because of seismic testing and the subsequent natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing occurred in the area. The Conservation Council and the CRRD hopes these situations will serve as precautionary tales for areas such as Port Elgin and the Sackville Basin area, where natural gas explorations have begun. Stephanie Merrill, CCNB’s Freshwater Protection Program Co-ordinator raised the question, “Why would we rush into shale gas development with its additional risks before we are ready?” The reservoirs of natural gas deep below New Brunswick’s forests and farmland represent a potential economic benefit to the province. The provincial government has recognized the limitation in existing natural gas exploration regulations. Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup stated that a review process is underway, and updates to existing regulations related to natural gas exploration and extraction “are currently under review”. However, he was quick to rule out the possibly of a moratorium in New Brunswick. “We have industry on one side and groups like [CRRD and CCNB] and private citizens and landowners on the other side,” stated Northurp. He believes that an industry and citizen partnership and collaboration is necessary, affirming that “we want to work with both sides.”
This kind of genuinely grassroots movement is difficult to ignore because their message is more likely to appeal to the sympathies of average New Brunswickers. Brad Walters Geography and Environment Professor
The effects of natural gas exploration have already had detrimental consequences in places such as Penobsquis, a community near
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This Week in the World
A weekly miscellany compiled by Scott Green
Tension on the Korean Peninsula Continues President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea warned that North Korea would be made to face severe consequences if it were to launch another attack against South Korean sovereign territory. The warning comes after last week’s artillery shelling of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island by the North Korean military which lead to the death of four people including civilians and members of the South Korean military. This warning from South Korea is the latest occurrence in what has been a very dramatic year for the peninsula. Earlier this year, South Korea blamed the North Korean Democratic People’s Republic for the destruction of the South Korean naval vessel the Cheonan, which sank near North Korean waters in March. The shelling of Yeonpyeong Island was the first direct artillery assault on South Korea from its northern neighbour since the end of fighting during the Korean War in 1953. The United States and South Korea are currently participating in naval war exercises around the Korean peninsula. Drug Smuggling Tunnel Discovered Linking US to Mexico A tunnel used for smuggling illegal drugs was discovered last week by Mexican and US authorities. The tunnel which was worth over a billion dollars links a warehouse in the Californian city of Otay Mesa to a stucco house in the Mexican city of Tijuana. The tunnel is technologically equipped with a ventilation system, electricity, and a rail system. According to the Associated Press authorities, the San Diego Tunnel Task Force reported several arrests in connection with the tunnel discovery as well as the seizure of twenty tonnes of marijuana. This is the second tunnel of this type to be found within the last month and it has been speculated that these tunnel systems are linked to the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel. Military and Police Raid in Rio de Janeiro A joint military and police operation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by approximately twenty-six hundred operatives was deemed a success after thirty tonnes of marijuana was seized. The drugs packaged for delivery were found in several houses in the Alemao shantytown of Grota. Among the houses raided was the three-storey mansion of one of the prime suspects in the Alemao drug trafficking operation. This operation was staged in response to more than a week of drug related violence that has gripped Rio. More than forty-five people have been killed in the past two weeks.
Kenyan Prime Minister Calls for Arrest of Homosexual Couples Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga announced on Sunday that he was ordering the arrest of homosexual couples. The Prime Minister cited how the union of two members of the same sex was not a natural act and also cited the fact that there was no place
for homosexual couples in a society with more women than men. As dictated in the Kenya’s new constitution, adopted in August of this year, the punishment for people caught participating in same-sex relationships could be as harsh as a sentence of up to fourteen years in prison.
“Do” of the Week...
Several friends have posted to their Facebook accounts the famous ‘one hundred essential books’ list from the BBC. I am loathe to admit to having read in their entirety only two of the books. The ‘average person’ has read six, not to mention the educated elite: most of my friends have read nearly thirty, and one is at eighty. Heck, even the Queen’s corgis have probably read an average of four. It’s not that I don’t read, I just don’t read many books — and very few novels. Yet here I am writing this column, I write essays, I write a column about the CFL, and I’m writing a novel. According to the BBC, I likely don’t have a good grasp of what a good novel even is. Many of my friends are bloggers, though I am not. I don’t begrudge them the freedom to publish that the internet has graciously provided us all. However, when reading some particularly mundane posts, I often wonder whether blogs are more about the author feeling like her/his life and opinions matter, rather than a desire to publish quality literature and prose. Status updates, tweets, and the like are all ways of telling the world what we happen to be doing or thinking. “Just finished having lunch. Great sandwich!” Even though we’re more connected than ever, we’re sliding away from relationships and creating a world where some, desperate to know that their lives matter, write updates, blogs, tweets, opinion columns, and novels — often in hopes that someone will care. Someone will ‘like’ my status. Or follow me on Twitter. I’m not a huge fan of the ‘butterfly effect,’ the pop culture rendition of chaos theory’s ‘sensitive dependence on initial conditions.’ The popularized idea is that with one well-timed wing flap, a butterfly sets a hurricane in motion. When I worked with Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief in Mississippi doing post-hurricane reconstruction, the project foreman told us very clearly that, beyond getting a repaired roof, these people needed to know that their lives — their sadness, small joys, perseverance — mattered. They didn’t need to hear that some stupid butterfly had screwed them over. They wanted relationships. My most powerful tool of healing wasn’t my hammer, but my ears. For us, in a world where superficial status updates, blogs, texts, and tweets fly around like great swarms of bats, we still need to feel listened to. Like I told Nelson Mandela, I’m still thinking about finishing my novel. But until then, it might make sense for me to do others the favour of reading a bit more than I write, and listening a bit more than I talk.
Name dropping and status updates
As I was telling Barack Obama last week, I hate dropping names. It’s a particularly lousy way to validate yourself. So, without dropping a name, let me just say that an acquaintance who happens to be something of a media personality told me recently that I ought to “keep writing — lots of volume!” I thanked him for the advice, and I was every bit genuine; after all, he had taken the time to give me some personal advice. But while listening to a podcast of his radio show the next day, I was intrigued to hear him interview a media critic who described North America’s interesting literary malady: eighty per cent of us want to write a book, but only about half of us have actually read a book in the past year. Guilty as charged. Well, not quite. I do read, but like Elizabeth Bennet, I am not a great reader. Feeling keenly the weight of my conviction, I reconsidered whether I really should “keep writing,” particularly my personal project of a novel. Creativity is good, but really, why should I write a novel?
By Rena Thomas
Name: Marykate MacLean Year: Third Study: Anthropology Inspiration: Colour What is one of your hopes and dreams? To be an archaeologist or the female version of Indiana Jones Who would you be, Tinkerbell or Nala? Tinkerbell because she can fly
Get out of this bubble
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“It’s changed my life, I’m just not sure how.” That’s how my friend Haruka describes our two months in India. The trip was an intense two month experience. We were part of a group of six students and a faculty advisor who headed to Mysore, India with the Mount Allison India Summer Program which takes groups of students every summer to this regal city in the south of India for an experience of a lifetime. While we were there, we took courses that changed the way we viewed the world, travelled to hidden temples tucked away behind fields of bananas, and lived and breathed everyday life in Mysore. For those two months, we were not simply travellers; we were deeply immersed in the bustle that is modern India. Whipping through the city in a simple three-wheeled taxi called a rickshaw, it was hard to believe that the whole experience was actually happening. Going abroad was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made during my four years here. I applied on a whim to the program after seeing Slumdog Millionaire. Like most people I didn’t know much about India: a billion people, tasty food, something called a caste system, but nothing about the real intricacies of life on the subcontinent. By living and studying in India for those two months, the concepts I learned in my classes in Sackville came alive. Instead of just studying the idea of a modern-traditional dichotomy in countries like India, we got to witness this tug and pull in everyday life. When Stephen Lewis was here on campus, he encouraged us to “go abroad,” He pointed out that going out and experiencing something other than your normal routine is one of the best educations you can receive. Going abroad isn’t just about travelling to a new location for a semester or a year. Ask anybody who has been on the Strasbourg exchange or spent the semester in Cuba. For these programs, you’re not just sitting on beaches or strolling through French markets; you’re learning how to live in a foreign
Why going global may just be the best thing you’ve ever done
environment filled with new languages and new people. Going abroad isn’t for everyone. During our two months in India, it was a tough adjustment to our lives in Mysore. You were up by 6:00 am for yoga, and the classes and activities would go on until mid-afternoon.
Things you always take for granted in Canada, like a hot shower or drinking water from a tap, just weren’t a reality. While you want to get out to explore your new surroundings, you still have school work to attend to, classes to study for, and essays to write. Balancing all of these along with a touch of homesickness isn’t as easy as you might think. We constantly hear about this Sackville bubble we’re all trapped in; an imaginary force-field that’s keeping us sequestered away in this small New Brunswick town. My advice? Get out of this bubble and take advantage of everything Mt. A has to offer you. It’s easy to stay here and stick it out in your normal routine. But did you come to university for easy? Challenge yourself and who knows; maybe next year, instead of shivering away by a broken heater in Sackville, you’ll be walking the streets of Copenhagen or traversing the mountains of New Zealand.
OPINIONS & EDITORIALS
December 2, 2010
Making Sackville fair trade certified
We have much to learn from European universities where there is pride in renovating “old buildings.” Have you visited Oxford, Cambridge, or Heidelberg University lately? I have, and the charm and beauty of yesterday has been adapted to the needs of today without wanton acts of destruction. In short, old buildings on most European and Canadian campuses are considered to be crown jewels and a sacred testimony of the past. My daughter Rachel (Class of 2002) is also a graduate of Mt. A and she has indicated to me that she to come from our students.” This is a convenient claim to make since most people would respond with, “We wouldn’t want that to happen, would we?” But is it accurate? I think that Mr. Stewart’s claim could well be not accurate, because there is an important implicit assumption made. The critical assumption is that both projects would raise the same $20 million from alumni and fundraising support. This would seem to be rather unlikely. Are there no alumni or wealthy friends of the University, who might be moved to support the renovation of the Memorial Library with a generous donation of, for example, $5 million? Generally speaking, alumni support would perhaps be significantly stronger for a renovated Memorial Library (to become a Performing Arts Centre), than to destroy that heritage to build President to respond to the following questions. 1. How can he justify the destruction of a memorial building dedicated to Mount Allison’s war dead, unless the structure is beyond repair? 2. How can he base the decision in part on faulty advice that the building is suffering from structural fatigue? 3. How can he justify the tying together of the demolition of the Memorial Library with the construction of the New Arts Centre? If we are against the demolition of the Library does that make us automatically against Fine and feels that your decision to destroy the Memorial Library is unacceptable. I am a regular financial supporter of Mt. A and I care deeply about the integrity of existing campus buildings. Please reverse your decision and safeguard our collective Mt. A heritage by making new plans for the Memorial Library to serve future generations of Mt. A students. With Best Wishes, Roger F. Roy Class of 1965 a new Performing Arts Centre. If this were the case, the $5 million cost difference would shrink or possibly disappear. Mount Allison has an excellent vehicle to communicate with its many thousands of alumni in the form of The Record. Why not devote a major article to the various aspects of the choice the University is faced with in the upcoming issue? Such an article would generate, no doubt, many, many responses. With the alumni and friends of the University contributing the majority of the funds, should they not be given opportunities for having a say? John Houtsma Associate Professor Economics Sackville, NB Emeritus of
I think it is a shameful decision to destroy our Memorial Library and the necessary steps to reverse this decision should be taken immediately. Our Memorial Library is an important part of Mount Allison’s heritage and the style and architecture fits in perfectly with the existing harmony of the campus. The building is a wonderful memory for thousands of Mt. A alumni, including myself. Two years of study in the “stacks” made it my home and an important link to my wonderful memories of campus life! Dear Editor, In a recent interview with Sackville Tribune Post, President Campbell stated, “Saving the Memorial Library and converting it into an Arts Centre instead of building new would have resulted in an additional $5 million price tag …” A new Performing Arts Centre is expected to cost $30 million. Of this amount it is assumed or expected that $10 million would come from the University’s budget and $20 million from alumni and fundraising support. The most critical question, perhaps is where the additional $5 million comes from? Mr. David Stewart, Mt. A’s Vice-President of Administration, thinks he has the answer. In a Sackville Tribune Post article dated October 20, 2010, Mr. Stewart, is quoted as stating, “That $5 million would have Dear Editor, Finally, someone from Centennial Hall has responded to all the comments and letters relating to the demolition of the Memorial Library Building. Yesterday, a member of the Administration told me, in no uncertain terms, that he did not want to hear any more talk about the Memorial Library. It’s not much, but it’s a start. In response, I said that if he and his friends would abandon their plan to destroy the building, we would all stop talking about it. While we are waiting for this to happen, I wonder if it would be possible for the
You may have seen a booth on the streets of Sackville during the recent Midnight Madness events designed to gauge interest into making Sackville a certified Fair Trade Town. This initiative has been taken on by students Jeremy Snyder, Parker Vaughan, Emily Phillips, Jeremy Dyment, Stephen Bohan, and Rachel Gardner as a part of a fourth year food and agriculture seminar led by
Internet Photo/Farmtoforkresearch.com Brad Walters and Mel Jellett. The plan seeks to complete the necessary steps in order to certify Sackville as a Fair Trade Town and boost the consumer, social, and economic conscience of Sackville citizens. There are currently fourteen certified Fair Trade Towns in Canada, with nearby Wolfville, Nova Scotia becoming the first in 2007. Twelve Canadian towns are currently listed as ‘in progress’ for becoming Fair Trade Towns. Several steps toward this goal have already been undertaken by the
Performing Arts? Difficult as it may be for him and his advisors, I think that the President should provide satisfactory answers to these questions before bringing in the wrecking ball. Failure to do so will leave a legacy of bitterness and disrespect among many loyal Allisonians and members of the Community of Sackville. Yours Sincerely, Ronald Boorne Professor Emeritus of Engineering
group. Activities such as creating an inventory list of fair trade products that are already being sold in town, spreading awareness of the project through posters, radio appearances, and newspaper articles, as well as preparing a presentation to propose the initiative at this coming Sackville town council meeting on December 13. For the town to become certified Fair Trade it must meet the approval of town council. The group has already received promotional items and sample products to begin using as awareness tools throughout town. As well, there have already been several confirmed business owners in town who have committed, at the very least, to raise the proposition of switching some or all of the products they use/sell to fair trade certified. In addition to the ongoings already mentioned, a Sackville Fair Trade Steering Committee is needed to have the town become certified Fair Trade. Being a member of this committee entails continuing expansion and growing awareness of fair trade products in town, as well as an annual written report to TransFair Canada. If this progressive and positive position as a member of the Sackville Fair Trade Steering Committee entices you, please feel free to contact Parker Vaughan at email@example.com for any inquiries. If fair trade is something that you see of importance or believe in, come out to the town council meeting on December 13th to show your support, see the presentation done by the student group, and demonstrate to council members that the people of Sackville are in support of this movement to making Sackville a certified Fair Trade Town.
21st Annual Midnight Madness
Come check out Midnight Madness on Friday, December 10. Located in downtown Sackville, it will be starting at 6:00 pm. Come see Santa, have a cup of hot cider/chocolate, enjoy some cookies and ‘snaps; all of this will be available at the usual location by Town Hall, served with finesse by our town councilors and other willing volunteers. Donations to Christmas Cheer and the local Food Bank are always gratefully accepted. Be sure to check out great store specials, wagon rides, and lots more. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Human Library challenges stereotypes
“Human Library” gives students an opportunity to take a look through a living book and challenge their stereotypes! Are funeral directors morbid and creepy old men who wear dark clothes and have cold, clammy hands? Are vegetarians a bunch of skinny and weak, salad eating hippies? Are women hockey players either butch or lesbian? Are professors absent-minded and obsessed with their research? Are librarians meek and dull women who wear glasses and have their hair in a bun? Are the elderly slow, frail, forgetful, and not up with the times? Are Computer Science students geeky and nerdy? Do Fine Arts students not do as much work as other students? Are complementary therapists flakey? Do you think gay men are feminine and talk in a high-pitched voice? Are football players loud and dumb? Are hockey Moms obnoxious, crazy, and embarrassing? I could go on, but I think you get the idea. These are stereotypes – commonly held beliefs about what the members of various social groups look like and how they are likely to behave. No one is free of stereotypes – we all have them. In many cases, our stereotypes are not even based on first-hand experiences with members of a particular group. Often, we “absorb” our stereotypes through the media or from others (e.g., family members and friends). It could be argued that stereotypes make our lives easier because lumping all members of the same group together helps us to simplify how we look at the world. For example, the mere mention of a group’s name brings the group’s stereotype to mind, which, in turn, tells us a lot about them … or so we think. Unfortunately, stereotypes can disadvantage people, especially when they are seen as having mostly negative characteristics. Stereotypes can also lead to prejudices against others (disliking them solely because they belong to a particular group) and discrimination (treating them differently because of their group membership). If you hold a stereotype(s) about another person’s group, job, or sexuality, to name a few, then you are cordially invited to visit the “Human Library” presented by Dr. Stephen Claxton-Oldfield’s Advanced Topics in Social Psychology (PSYC 4301) class. What is a “Human Library” you ask? Well, the main difference between the Human Library and, say, the Ralph Pickard Bell Library is that the books in a Human Library are living, breathing, human beings - individuals representing different groups frequently confronted with stereotypes, who have volunteered to be “lent out” to interested readers. Becoming a reader is easy. The Human Library will be held in the multi-purpose room on the first floor of the Student Centre on Monday, December 6 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. All you need to do is register at the desk and get your free library card - one of our friendly librarians will be happy to issue you one and, if you want, they can help you choose a book. To aid you in identifying stereotypes, the librarians will have a “catalogue” of available books, with example of the most common stereotypes. Here is a partial list of some of the book titles we hope to have available: vegetarian, female hockey player, feminist, gay male, funeral director, university professor, lesbian, football player, minister, elderly person, fine arts student, transgender person, environmentalist, autistic person, and more. There are lots of reasons to take out a living book – you can ask those questions you’ve always wanted to ask. Here’s a terrific opportunity for you to gain some knowledge and understanding of others who are frequently subject to stereotypes. Come and talk to the vegetarian
you’ve heard about but never met or the football player or Newfoundlander who don’t conform to stereotypes! Challenge your beliefs. The Human Library encourages honest, open, and respectful discussion between readers and books. The key to breaking down stereotypes is getting to know members of different groups as individuals. Books will available for a maximum loan period of thirty minutes and must be returned in the same condition as they were in at the time of checkout! Books can be taken around the library (there will be plenty of “reading areas” available) but not outside the library. All of the books in the Human Library have volunteered to be lent out as examples of some common stereotypes held by people. Hope to see you at the Human Library.
Forget that cute guy’s name at the bar? Did somebody make your day? Want to shout out to your meal hall crush? Send in your “missed” moments to email@example.com
Dear Big Brown Eyes You sent my heart to Mars and back when you bought me that chocolate bar. You were such a gentleman. I definitely owe you one. How about coffee on me sometime? Dear Wannabe Emo and friends The other day we cleaned up your dishes at Meal Hall, because we felt bad for the workers who have to deal with your mess every day. No one appreciates the extra table being taken up during rush hour, and it’s disrespectful to the workers who have to clean. Please start clearing your dishes. Sincerely, The clean peeps Dear Mr. Potter I’ve seen you in Meal Hall several times now, and you never cease to make me smile. I think you’re what Harry should look like. Thank you for reminding me of what I’d pictured during my childhood, and thank you for making my November a bit more magical. Sincerely, PotterFan Hunton blonde beauty (with the yellow boots) I always thought you looked hot with your make up on but I’ve come to find that you are more beautiful without it!! You’ve been looking stressed as of late and I wouldn’t mind cheering you up ;) Dear Sexy Blonde Guy My gal-pal and I saw you on Tuesday in Images of the Self wearing a classy button-up shirt and with a gray coat. We’d love to know what team you play for, so we know which one of us wins the Hegelian battle to the death and has the best chance to “philosophize” with you in private. RAWR. To super sexy Eco-Reps I saw you selling trees in the Student Centre. Thanks for working to save the rain-forest! I heard I could buy them from you personally too. Looking forward to sporting my awesome tree pin. :D Lovely man that has photocopies of his face posted all across campus: Who are you? You are so mysterious and handsome. Dear Twins and Girl @ Meal Hall I saw you leave your mess sitting on a table upstairs as you did up your winter jackets and headed for the door. You should learn to be more responsible and take your dishes because it’s not the job of any meal hall worker to clean up after you. Next time, my friends and I will not be tidying your mess. Sincerely, Good Samaritan Dear Meal Hall Friends Thank you for our time together, it will always be in our hearts. We look longingly for you every time we walk down the hallway. We hope to see you soon. P.S. Although it may look like the first floor it’s actually the basement. Love, Basement Beauties Dear Groupies Your kind words of encouragement and support were very much appreciated. The A.H. RAs could not ask for a nicer, more wonderful bunch of housemates. We hope we’re making your year as awesome as you’re making ours! Hugs for a happy Thursday, A.H. RAs Dear Psych Boy Every day, you wear those cute sandals and sit in the front row of our intro psych class. I sit in the second row, right behind you. Term is almost over, and I still haven’t gotten up the courage to talk to you. We learned that studying with a partner helps you remember better... be my study buddy for finals? Sincerely, Your 2nd Row Admirer Guy with the Turban, Windsor Fourth Floor I really miss your beard! I know it’s for Movember but I’m sure you care about your looks too! I love your broad shoulders and your amazing wit. Maybe next time you are in the gym lifting those weights, you should take your shirt off. :) Hot and Dangerous Your moves at the pub were too hot to handle but at Meal Hall the next morning you were not so hot just more dangerous. Rock Out Dear dude who whipped his dick out at the Pub, the expression “rock out with your cock out” is not to be taken literally. But thank you for adding an extremely interesting twist to my night. Mr. Campbell Hoops A few weeks ago we met for only a quick picture. Now when I see that gorgeous smile in Meal Hall and hear that sexy voice, it makes my stomach drop. Maybe you could help me with my ball handling sometime soon? – Windsorite Too Scared We talk all the time over text & FB, but I never have the nerve to talk to you in person - unless you talk to me first. I want you to know you are fantastic and I (so-far) like everything about you. - Too Scared to Crush on You. Big Dollar I see you around campus and the pub getting to the front of the line and you seem like a big boss. But then I see you working at the library and I can see you there are many sides to you, your always laughing at something and hanging out with your friends, you’ve got a great smile. It would be really nice to get to know you sometime. Let me know if I can get in your VIP line? Mr. Mystery I met you at the Pub on Saturday night. Unfortunately I can’t remember your name ‘cause I was far too intoxicated. Perhaps we can meet again some night, and you can save me a dance. Sincerely, Ms. Disappointed. Re: Disinherited Princess I wish I could say, “feel free to venture the Enchanted Swan Forest”. Unfortunately, I’ve been disinherited and banished, and the closest resemblance of home is now the swan pond. Why not just walk up to me, and just talk? I don’t live incognito. Re: Dear British Hart Hall Girl Dear-Canadian-Hart-Hall-Boy. You are most certainly welcome. I’m glad to see that my actions have been appreciated, when I’d least expected it. This brightened MY day. I have more to say, but write back and I guarantee a reply. Harper Hottie You were my Meal Hall crush last year, and I was glad to see that your ginger-headed self made it to your house’s exec (and back to Meal Hall) this year. Maybe we could get together sometime and talk about your apparent food-related allergies.
Dr. Stephen Claxton-Olfield is an associate professor and the head of the psychology department.
On Saturday November 27, Mount Allison’s Free the Children (FTC) group hosted a semi-formal dinner and show to raise money to build a school in Sri Lanka. For a student fee of fifteen dollars, attendees were treated to a delicious four-course meal of mainly Indian delicacies. Along with the exquisite taste of curry and spices, participants were entertained by volunteers who performed numbers involving music and dance. FTC was created in 1995 by twelve-year-old Craig Keilburger, an international child rights activist. Inspired by reading newspaper reports on global child oppression, Keilburger exchanged his role of spectator for activist. Much has changed since Keilburger’s early days, and the dream of sparking change has become a widespread reality. With the running mentality of “children helping children through education”, the affiliation is now
December 2, 2010
Free the Children’s annual international banquet is a hit
Mount Allison FTC host semi-formal dinner and a show to raise funds to build a school in Sri Lanka
present in forty-five countries where more than one million young people are involved in new education and development programs. Thanks to FTC’s positive influence, over 650 schools have been constructed around the globe. Mt. A’s link to FTC is supported by co-presidents Rachel Gardner and Courtney Cook, along with thirty group members and event co-coordinators, Mira Le-Ba and Michelle Cielen. Working with a correspondent in Ottawa, Gardner and Cook make sure that Mt. A is supporting FTC’s cause. Through further fundraising and publicity, the group expects to meet their goal of financially supporting the construction of a Sri Lankan school by the end of the year. FTC included Sri Lanka in the focus of their goals in 2004. When the South Asian tsunami left several nations devastated, FTC was one of the first NGOs to arrive on the scene. FTC is still present and active in Sri Lanka today, even though the tsunami’s aftermath has slipped from the radar of major news networks. Through their Adopt a Village project, FTC’s main priority is rebuilding ruined school buildings and re-establishing a strong foundation for children’s education. In
Craig Keilburger created Free the Children when he was only twelve years old. The organization is now present in forty-five countries.
addition aid is offered through medical clinics and clean-water wells. Mt. A’s contribution to FTC’s cause was both enjoyable and profitable. The banquet proved to attract a sufficient number of people: with forty tickets sold, Le-Ba considered the night a success. “It’s fun to put on the event,” she said. Several talents were displayed on stage, including vocals accompanied by acoustic guitar, a Bollywood dance piece, and an appearance from the Swing Society. The meal itself was prepared by members of FTC, and the semi-formal dress code added a sophisticated air to the setting. Further discussing the banquet, Gardner explained how Le-Ba and Cielen had been planning the event since the summer. When asked about the next scheduled fundraiser, Gardner mentioned a March fashion show involving local designers. Both Gardner and Cook believe that keeping FTC alive on campus is important. “I want to spread awareness of issues that affect children especially,” Gardner told the Argosy. “[FTC] allows kids to have a better chance to empower themselves through education.”
Popular beverage may be lying about its health benefits
You’re right Coke, no one could believe that a product called Vitaminwater would be healthy
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) launched a lawsuit against Coca-cola this past summer for misrepresenting the health benefits of Vitaminwater. The group stated, “Coke markets Vitaminwater as a healthful alternative to soda by labelling its several flavours with such health buzz words as ‘defense,’ ‘rescue,’ ‘energy’, ‘and endurance.’” However, each bottle of Vitaminwater has thirty-three grams of sugar which make the drink more like sugar water than a healthy beverage. What is Coke’s response to these claims? Their lawyers are defending the case by saying “no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking Vitaminwater was a healthy beverage.” Seriously? I thought the point of Vitaminwater was to drink it for the supposed health benefits. Vitaminwater is marketed as having nutritional benefits for your body from your eyes to your bones. The orange flavoured Vitaminwater entitled ‘Essential” claims that it “helps to keep bones and teeth healthy with vitamin c and calcium.” You’re right Coke, who would think this is a healthy beverage option? Coke has said that the nutrition information and calorie content is displayed on their product, and it can be part of a healthful diet. However, CPSI points out that the high sugar content in Vitaminwater promotes obesity and diabetes more than it promotes the health benefits the water claims to have. The amount of sugar in this product makes it more similar to pop than a healthy beverage choice. Adding vitamins to sugar does not somehow automatically make it good for you. Stephen Gardner, chief litigator for CPSI, stated, “They added vitamins to crap.” He continued, “And it’s still crap. Consumers shouldn’t have to assume that the front label is a lie. You cannot deceive in big print and then tell the truth later.’ In court Coke never said that the claims CPSI was making were factually wrong, they were just saying that consumers wouldn’t actually think Vitaminwater was a healthy drink. Coke seems to be agreeing that Vitaminwater is not healthy but they cannot be accused of false advertising because no one could interpret it as such. Food that claims to be healthy and have health benefits is popping
Nutritional Information: Essential
Vitamin B3 Pantothentic Acid Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin C Calcium Vitamin E Folate Sugar 375 mcg 5 mg 0.5 mg 1.5 mcg 150 mg 100 mg 3.4 mg 100 mcg 33 g
Vitaminwater contains a total of thirty-three grams of sugar, making it more comparable to pop than a healthy, beneficial beverage.
up everywhere, even Kraft Dinner is claiming that it is a “sensible solution.” It can be very confusing to decipher
No consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking Vitaminwater was a healthy beverage. Lawyers for Coca-cola
which products are actually good for you and which ones are just claiming to be. Vitaminwater is clearly
presented as a way to pick up some extra nutrients throughout your day. Each bottle has a description of the contents and what the health benefits of them are. However, they neglect to mention the sugar content. Coke has called this lawsuit “ridiculous.” I think it’s ridiculous for them to claim that no one would think Vitaminwater is a healthy drink. If you’re looking to get hydration and some vitamin and nutritional content it’s better, and less expensive for you to drink a glass of water and eat piece of fruit. Leave the Vitaminwater on the shelf.
by: the pink panther
Finding that perfect gift for your significant other during the holidays can be a very a stressful task. This holiday season, instead of roaming through aisles of scented soaps, gourmet chocolates and DVDs why not get something for your partner that you can both enjoy. Here are the Sex Bomb’s recommendations for holiday gifts. A word of advice when it comes to sexy gifts: do not, under any circumstances, give these gifts to sexy. They might be comfortable, but they are not sexy. When buying your girl lingerie, think about what she would be comfortable in and what would make her feel sexy, not just what you want to see her in. It is a gift after all. If you feel completely lost, the people who work at these stores tend to be women and are definitely a good place to go for advice. 3) Gift for him: There aren’t many options for lingerie for men however there is something else you can do. Get a pair of holidaythemed boxers and pin mistletoe to them. What man wouldn’t want a pair of those? 4) Sexy Board Game: This one might sound lame but there are some great games that can help you fix up your sex life. I would suggest something like Private Pleasures, a game in which you choose cards from three categories, and then have to do what the card says. Also, if you’ve got a partner who is a little shy in bed this can be a great way to bring them out of their shell (or clothes). 5) Vibrators: This doesn’t necessarily mean a dildo. There are lots of vibrating toys that are perfect for adding a little something extra in bed. Try a vibrating penis ring or a mini vibrator that slips right onto your finger. If you have a tongue piercing, vibrating tongue rings are also an option, just make sure to take them out and clean them.
How far is too far?
Editor in Chief
Students flying home for the holidays might get a little extra attention than normal. Earlier this month, airport security across the United States ramped up their efforts in screening passengers who pass through security prior to boarding their flights. Hightech full body screeners have been installed in an increasing number of airports around the US that provide border security officers with an indepth look at each traveler. In addition, passengers who receive pat-down searches are in for a more intimate experience with security officers providing closer-than-ever searches. Canada has yet to implement these types of changes. “[We] have no intention of doing [these types of searches],” said Transport Minister Chuck Strahi. He pointed out that the US and Canadian airport security systems are two separate groups. However, anyone who plans on flying through the United States may encounter these new security measures. The new security protocols have angered people across the US who argue that these new measures are infringing on their freedom. Parents have complained about having their children frisked while victims of sexual assault have reported feeling traumatized by the experiences. Some protestors have even taken to only wearing bikinis or stripping down to their underwear to avoid the intrusive body searches. However, supporters of these new
New airport security measures anger and frustrate travellers
Not only does chocolate body paint add a playful element to your sex life but it tastes good too. Who can complain about that?
your partner in front of family. That will just lead to awkward situations. Save the sexy for when you’re in private. 1) Chocolate Body Paint: Why buy a plain box of chocolates when there’s chocolate that is made to be eaten during sex? Have fun putting it on different parts of each other’s body, you never know you might find some new hot spots you never knew about. Not only does chocolate body paint add a playful element to your sex life but it tastes good too. Who can complain about that? 2) Lingerie for Her: Let’s be honest, flannel pyjamas are not
Travellers across the United States are angry with the new airport security protocols claiming that they infringe on their freedoms.
measures argue that these measures are helping to ensure the safety of airline passengers. John Pistole, the director of the Transportation Security Administration which oversees all airport security in the US, reiterated that the authorities must stay one step ahead of terrorists and that these intensive scans are capable of preventing terrorist activities. In Canada, the government has issued an internal memo calling for the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to install more privacy screens to ensure that passengers who are subject to full body pat-downs can have some privacy while undergoing the procedure. According to the memo, the CATSA had “been asked by the Department of Transport (DoT) today to proceed with this deployment as a proactive gesture on the part of the government, [the DoT], and CATSA to increase customer confidence and satisfaction.” Authorities are also considering arming Canadian Border Service Agency employees in order to protect them from increasingly aggressive behaviour and even unprovoked assault.
People touch my private parts all day. Michael Ignatieff Liberal Party Leader
Strahi believes that the Canadian authorities are doing their job while balancing security with respect and privacy. Michael Ignatieff, leader of the Liberal Party doesn’t see the big problem with the new security measures. “People touch my private parts all day long,” Ignatieff said recently when asked about the new measures. “That’s what we have to do to keep us safe. ... I have long ceased worrying about these issues,” he continued. “We have to keep this country safe and the people I feel strongly in support of are the hardworking security scanners. It’s not a great job. It’s tough. You’re wearing rubber gloves all day long.” NDP Leader Jack Layton raised concerns over the new procedures. “The idea that there would be invasive pat-downs for passengers going through airports is something that we have to reject, and certainly we’ll be watching very closely to make sure that our government doesn’t follow some of the extreme practices that we’ve seen emerging in other countries,” Layton argued.
Water use at Mt.A
The average Canadian uses 326 litres of water per day; that’s eighty-two milk jugs worth of water. This number doesn’t have to be so high. In many cases throughout the average home, water is poured down the drain for no good reason. From old toilets to small leaks in taps, the unnecessary water usage is tremendous. This trend has to stop and there is hope if we all pay attention and do what we can to conserve water. Mount Allison is making some steps to reduce our overall water consumption at the university. The majority of the taps on campus are low flow which means they use less water, about eight litres of water per minute. This is still a lot of water but it is much better than the standard flow rate of twenty litres a minute. The dual flush options now exist on a number of the toilets so some of them use as little as six litres of water per flush as opposed to the thirteen or more litres used by conventional-flush toilets. One incredibly exciting innovation that few people are aware of is the use of rainwater to flush the toilets in the Student Centre. The rainwater collects
Could you be doing more to save H2O?
in a tank underground and remains there until it is needed to flush the toilets. You too can make changes such as these in your place of residence and often the cost is quite minimal. There are many easy to implement technologies and other quick things you lifestyle changes you can make. If you aren’t already, turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, take shorter showers, run the dishwasher full and without the drying cycle, and put the plug in while you are washing dishes if you do them by hand. These are the little things that add up in a hurry. During the rainy season you could also collect rain water in a bucket and use it to flush the toilet. Another way to reduce the amount of water that a toilet uses is to put a water bottle into the tank to reduce the volume of water used for a given flush. Water aerators that to screw onto taps and shower heads, low-flow shower heads, and dual flush additions for toilets are some easy and affordable technologies available at most home supply stores. Every action needs us to think about the environment. Change doesn’t need to be expensive, and often doing things like the ones described above will actually save you money.
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December 2, 2010
He sees you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake but how much do you know about the jolly man in red?
As 2010 comes to a close, the spirit of Christmas is just warming up. Stuffed stockings hang from the mantle, flames crackle in the fireplace, and a plate of cookies waits just for Santa, paired with a glass of milk. But where do these rituals come from? Who gave birth to the idea of today’s Santa Claus, a bearded man who soars above cities in a sleigh and manages to squeeze through the chimney of every child’s home in one night? While the jolly man with the white beard, red suit, and belly, may seem comforting to us, Santa is surely a bizarre figure to cultures around the world. Let’s take a look at Old Saint Nick from a different perspective: he sneaks into your home when everyone is asleep, leaves gifts under your tree, boards his sleigh pulled by magical reindeer (one of which has a beacon for a nose), and then returns to his lair in the North Pole to live with elves. Should this be considered normal? Though few believe in Santa Claus, many maintain the traditions of Christmas. The question is: why do we follow these customs and where do they come from? The original Saint Nicholas was born around 280 AD near Myra, or present-day Turkey. The monk quickly rose to fame through legends proclaiming his exceeding goodness and generosity. A tradition was soon adopted to celebrate December 6, the anniversary of St. Nicholas’ death, through feasting and the purchasing of gifts. But the revered monk held a special place in the hearts of the Dutch people. It was immigrants from
Santa Claus is coming to town
Through Stained Glass
Rev. John Perkin
Like many others, I am preparing my annual Christmas list; it is modest, with some reading material, some music, and some food and drink. One item on my list is a work by a modern prophet, Bruce Springsteen; please Santa, can you bring me The Promise, twenty-one tracks that were left on the studio floor after the production of the 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town and just released last week. These songs pick up similar themes to those of Darkness, the struggles of working people trying to find a dream, a hope, and a reason to go on in the face of meaninglessness. Darkness was, at its release, a phenomenal album, and continues to be a powerful album exploring the nature of the city and the workingclass existence. A rival in power both of music and lyrics to the previous release Born to Run, Darkness represents Springsteen’s exploration of the working-class struggles of America in human terms. I remember waiting for the album’s release, and buying it on vinyl; side one ended with the powerful “Racing in the Street”; side two began with “The Promised Land”. Both songs declare the struggle of holding on to dreams, to hopes, to humanity. The music of this album, as through much of Springsteen’s work, touches on the search for meaning in the modern world in complex and thoughtful ways. Born and raised Catholic, Christian imagery suffuses much of his works, sometimes overtly and at other times inverted. From the early songs with their use of somewhat authoritarian Catholic images, to the albums of the later 1970s and also the more recent albums, we see a much more optimistic presentation of the vision or dream of a “Promised Land”, a hope for what will provide redemption, release, and hope. Springsteen’s writing is almost awash with Biblical, and even epic, images, but he is not, in any sense, a singer whose work can only be understood through a theological lens. Rather, he cleverly and carefully uses theological and biblical images to explore dimensions of being human in a secular world that puts up obstacles to the achievement of a full sense of humanity. Biblically, the promised land was a reference to the land “of milk and honey”. This was the destination of Abraham when he left his homeland to enter into a covenant with God; it was also the land to which the Israelites journeyed under the leadership of Moses as they fled from oppression in Egypt . In Springsteen’s songs, the promised land seems to be that which is always out of reach, always inviting, but always elusive. It is, in a real sense, the American dream but also so much more, tantalizing, beckoning, urging the characters on, giving them a hope to strive for, but constantly blocked by the realities of society. The songs of Darkness on the Edge of Town leave the listener feeling bruised and battered. Through ten songs, we encounter broken families, shattered relationships, mindnumbing jobs and unemployment, depression and loss, and still, hope breaks through. “Promised Land” captures this religious quest for hope and meaning, blues and gospel sounds competing with one another to give voice to the quest for something that will bring release from the feelings of bitter frustration, anguish, and defeat. The echoing strains of the chorus, “I believe in the promised land”, suggest the longing for redemption, for hope, for feeling human once again. The promised land ultimately is not just a gift from God, but the product of tearing down the unjust obstacles to human living, destroying fear and meaninglessness, and empowering people with a faith in something more. It is echoed in the refrain, Springsteen singing for the people, “I believe in the promised land.” Hope breaks through. Grace is given. Neither comes easily, and in the gritty sound of Springsteen’s music, we catch a glimpse of the gritty ways in which the human and divine spirits work together in the reality of life, giving meaning that has worth. I look forward to hearing the full measure of the hope and grace, in word and music, on The Promise, coming, I hope, to a Christmas tree near me.
The Coca-Cola Company helped to create the popular and well-known image of Santa Claus by giving him his signature red and white suit.
Holland who first introduced “Sinter Klaas” to the Big Apple in the end of the eighteenth century. The city of New York fell in love with Santa Claus, the adapted version of the Dutch “Sinter Klass” (a shortened form of “Sint Nikolaas”—Saint Nicholas). Clement Clarke Moore’s 1822 poem “An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas” is in part responsible for the jolly persona that is associated with today’s Santa. Written for his three daughters, the poem breathed excitement and life into Christmas Eve. It spoke of Santa’s ability to descend through chimneys with magic, his sleigh pulled by reindeer that can fly, and his tendency to leave gifts for well-behaved children. Drawing from Moore’s beloved poem, Thomas Nast created the first image of Santa Claus: a cartoon featured in Harper’s Weekly. This Santa was rounded with a white beard, a sack full of presents slung over his shoulder, and a cheerful face. CocaCola further embellished upon Nasts’ illustration in 1931 where Santa sported a red suit. The Dutch holiday became associated with Christmas in the 1800s. Companies commercialized the Santa Claus figure by linking the pleasant face with shopping advertisements during the holidays. In addition, the Salvation Army thought of a selling point that remains popular today. Taking advantage of the newfound icon and the potential marketing that Santa offered, unemployed men were dressed and dispersed throughout the streets of New York to accept donations on behalf of the Salvation Army. Today that tradition still rings true for false Santas that “jingle” bells for charity. Even now in 2010, no night holds as much anticipation for children as Christmas Eve. The promise of morning gifts brings sleepless nights to little boys and girls, and hair-pulling havoc for parents who scramble to arrange presents beneath the tree before sunrise. Though Santa may travel under different names, his story remains relatively unchanged. Kris Kringle, or Christkind which means “Christ-child”, visits children in Germany and Switzerland. Jultomten is an elf who rides a goat-drawn sleigh bearing gifts for Scandinavian children. Pere Noel fills small shoes with treats as France sleeps. In Russia they wait for an elderly woman, Babouschka, and in Italy a witch named La Befana. While the titles differ, each legendary gift-bearer serves the same purpose of delighting children.
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Saint Nicholas was born around 280 AD near what is now known as Turkey. Legends spread proclaiming his exceeding generosity.
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The beautiful Christmas classic ballet The Nutcracker will be performed on Sackville’s Con Hall stage by fifty dancers from The Atlantic Dance Academy (ADA) on December 11. The Atlantic Dance Academy started five years ago, and is currently under artistic director Dina Leisch. Leisch used to be a professional ballet dancer and graduated from the Bolschoy Ballet School in Moscow. She then attended GITIS in Moscow to graduate as a choreographer and Ballet Mistress. Working in Moncton for ten years after first working as Artistic Director at the Vienna Chamber Ballet, and subsequently doing other work in Vienna at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School, Leisch has helped stage the Nutcracker several times before. ADA was founded in order to develop local dancer talent from Sackville, Parrsboro, Springhill, Moncton, and Amherst, and is currently training eighty students. All costumes for the show and the stage set are made by friends and parents. As a Christmas gesture to Mount Allison University, ADA is selling tickets at a fifty per cent discounted student rate. Several of the dancers in the show have been invited to train at Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s summer intensive program, and all of the dancers who participated were offered placement in RWB’s professional division. ADA’s annual rendition of The Nutcracker is sure to be an excellent one. It’s surely a night you do not want to miss.
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family, husband, and soon-to-be newborn baby. Lightly touching over serious topics, like miscarriage and religion, her voice was so full of innocence and youth that it was heartbreaking. There were so many powerful monologues in this play; Sam Wilson’s monologue had everyone on the edge of his or her seat, as the intensity was almost too much to bear before his character’s final death scene. The only criticism that can be made is that the small amount of incorporated dance was a bit awkward, but this was made up by the amazing voices that paired the feet. The singing in this play highlighted the best Sackville had to offer. The audience melted whenever Rosalind Crump began to sing, as her voice was so beautiful it blocked out everything else around it. From beginning to end, there was never a dull moment with this play. From lighting to sound effects and subtle to jaw dropping moments, everything worked well together. It was an impressive pairing of different emotions. The play ended strong with an unexpected twist on things; by revealing how all of the separately presented characters were secretly related to one another tied the close together very well, and really unified the piece. The show brought everyone through a whirlwind of emotions, and brought everyone to his or her feet applauding by the end of it all.
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Windsor Theatre had a very successful weekend as it housed the impressive play While We’re Young. The play followed the lives of different characters during the war and showed how their lives and the lives of everyone around them were affected by the ongoing events. In particular, the transitions between scenes, the stage blocking, and the overall atmosphere were excellent. The level of professionalism and emotion each actor brought to the stage was exceptional. The play was
so fast paced, and incorporated so many different theatrical elements that something must be said about the transitions. They were flawless in terms of seamlessly tying each scene together. From laughter to tears, from singing to dancing, and from heartwarming to earth shattering moments, the cast brought the audience swiftly through each shift. Justin Smidt, especially, was successful in his role, having the audience laughing hysterically one moment and pained with sympathy the next. There was impressive casting for this play, as each actor or actress seemed to fit his or her role perfectly. Bethany Dunn performed a powerful monologue about love: love for her
A night of computer art at Struts Gallery
Alexander Thomas as Thomas Alexander’s piece which showed images of bees and flowers representing mathematical constants in nature. There were some pieces that played with pop culture quite comically. Alison Sibley’s “Cheeseman in the Chamber” cropped an individual into an image from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, blending them with similar expressions quite hilariously. Others of course did bring abstract elements into their work, creating visual illusions through colour and image juxtapositions. Considering the work was done by a first year, nonFine Arts class, the show was pretty remarkable. Many were in attendance of the show. Each individual was able to fill out a ballot to vote for their favourite piece of work, as well as eat a tasty pretzel sandwich. Prizes were given out and the pieces were judged in two different categories: technical accomplishment and aesthetics. For technical accomplishment, Thomas Alexander won first prize for “Three’s Company,” with Andrew Kennedy’s “[untitled],” and Hannah Harlow’s “Reflections” coming in second and third. For aesthetics, Xuliang He was given first prize for “Extend,” while Wei Xiang was given second place for “Mona Lisa Salon,” and Jasmine Hunter third for “In the Jungle, The Mighty Jungle.” Finally, the people’s choice award of the evening was Sibley’s “Cheeseman in the Chamber,” and in second Corey Mesh’s “Neapolitan Giant.” The judges for the evening included Janet Crawford (Fog Forest Gallery), Christopher Mackay (Tantramar interactive and sponsor), and Dan Vogel (professor in
Corey Mesh the Math/CS department.) Conceptually this idea was quite unique in bringing together both the arts and sciences . It was certainly met with interest from the public, and will hopefully be repeated in the future. Ricker commented that she hopes to see the art show be part of a variety of activities that the COMP 1631 students can participate in. Next year, Ricker hopes to have a mini-film festival with the computer programming language, Python, used in the course. “There are a lot of opportunities to explore,” commented Ricker, “in terms of thinking up interesting venues for sharing the accomplishments of future students in COMP 1631.”
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Struts Gallery hosted an art show opening on November 24. However, instead of coming from Fine Arts students, this collection of art came from where you’d least expect it: a computer science class. The Mount Allison COMP: 1631 is taught by Dr. Laurie Ricker, who found inspiration from the textbook written by Dr. Mark Guzdial to encourage students in the media computation field to utilize visual art galleries as a way to see what others are producing. “In this ‘Year of Culture and Creativity’, it seemed like a natural fit to illustrate the merge of the world of science computing and world of multi-media through an art
show,” said Ricker. With this project, Ricker commented that they wanted the community to see that computing and art are not in completely separate realms. In addition, this project was important for helping the students to realize that their first computing course could involve creative algorithmic thinking. The art show was composed of the best works produced from three of the class assignments over the course of the term. At first glance the art work wasn’t very intricate, as many used photos manipulated with very simple elements, such as collages, inverted photos, and mirroring techniques. Some of the photo work also seemed a little poor, as some images were a bit pixelated or blurry. However, particular works showed some interesting uniqueness, such
12 ARTS & LIT “Ghosts of Violence” Choirs sweep audience to their feet
December 2, 2010
Full house for Choral Society and Elliott Chorale concert
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the composer’s intended images. Throughout, Tormis makes good use of certain sections of the choir as accompaniment, while others carry the vocal line. In “Valusait punased lehed” (Crimson leaves falling), the disjunct melodic line accurately describes the erratic movement of a falling leaf. The vocal glissandi and intense dynamics (a whisper by the end of the piece) were no trouble for the Chorale as they sang “Tuul Konnumaa kohal” (Wind over the barrens). Swede Wilhelm Peterson-Berger composed the third set of songs. An ardent traditionalist of his time, his pieces were surprisingly fresh and, of course, firmly seated in a tonal framework. “I Fyrreskoven” easily conveyed the feeling of being on a happy sleigh ride through the woods, a testament to the hard work and direction of Dr. Martin. Many of the songs were reminiscent of twentieth century Swedish tradition, dealing with subjects like “Vesleblomme” (Little Flower), “Killebukken” (Little Billy Goat), and “‘Dans’ ropte Felen” (‘Dance,’ cries the fiddle). The latter song, in a jig style, had a distinctive folk sound. The Chorale was up to the challenge of Peterson-Begers songs and judging by their singing, they enjoyed his works as much as the audience. The final and perhaps most anticipated part of the evening were the excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah.” Written in London in 1741, Handel wrote this famous oratorio in an incredible twenty-four days. It
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Artistic Director and Choreographer Igor Dobrovolskiy and Canadian theatre icon Sharon Pollock were at the Owen’s Art Gallery on Friday. The duo was in Sackville to discuss and answer questions on the creative process of their new ballet, “Ghosts of Violence.” The Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada presents “Ghosts of Violence” as a powerful ballet made in honour of all the women who lost their lives to domestic violence. The ballet was written in order to increase awareness,
and to ultimately help stop violence against women. Dobrovolskiy and Pollock were in Sackville as a part of the President’s Speakers Series for the Year of Culture and Creativity. The Owens gallery was bustling with students, community members, and Mount Allison University professors for the talk. After introductions were made, a powerful video slideshow, which contained a compilation of photos from the ballet with single-word captions, was played, followed by a question and answer session. The world premiere of the “Ghosts of Violence” ballet is February 15, 2011 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
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On November 25, students gathered at Convocation Hall to listen to Mount Allison’s symphonic band and Jazz ensemble perform a mix of LatinAmerican inspired music directed by Wesley Ferreira and Alan Klaus. The evening began with the symphonic band playing three large pieces: “Latin American Dances” (Clifton Jones), “Four Dances from West Side Story” (Leonard Bernstein), and “Danzon No. 2” (Carlos Marquez). The four dances contained an array of interesting sounds and musical elements from the performers themselves, such as snapping fingers, shouting voices, and raising hands. As well, these pieces really accentuated the strong woodwind section, which along with the rest of the band was able to bring out a lot of the fun and charm of the music. “Danzon” provided some great clarinet and piccolo solos amidst a barrage of music which made one’s heart jump with excitement. The air was filled with an almost Latino feel with a variety of percussion sounds that added to the flavour of the music. Near the very end of their performance, a representative of the football team came up to present a T-shirt which all the members of the football team had signed to thank the band for playing at their games. It was quite inspirational to see such
a good relationship between the Mt. A athletic and music programs, as the football team also attended this concert to cheer on the band. Following this was a performance of several different pieces by the jazz ensemble. The director for the evening kept everyone quite entertained by giving interesting facts for each piece, whether it was named after a soup (Mondango) or a fictional character in Sherlock Holmes (Tiger of San Pedro). Such pieces as “Madrid” by Erik Morales incorporated the piano to produce some interesting tunes with the upbeat percussion and trumpets. The piece itself was interesting in the way it could bring specific instruments into focus and all at once meld it back together into a multitude of sounds. “Tiger of San Pedro” also incorporated a jazz flute to produce some unique sounds among the boisterous brass. Despite playing with louder instruments, the flutist was able to be heard distinctly amongst the ensemble. The group ended their performance with John Wasson’s “I wanna be like you” from Disney’s “Jungle Book.” The piece was perfect for a finale as it brought out the strong brass elements of the ensemble along with feelings of nostalgia. Overall the performances from both the symphonic band and jazz ensemble were well matched in atmosphere and music style - which the audience of football players, community members, and students - were able to appreciate and enjoy.
Mount Allison Choral Society and Mount Allison Elliott Chorale, directed by Gayle H. Martin gave a splendid performance to a full house in Brunton Auditorium on November 27. The concert opened with selections from Robert Schumann’s choral repertoire. “Ungewisses licht” and “Micht zieht” featured prominent soprano and alto parts, which were handled delicately when necessary. “Die Kapelle” (The Chapel) featured the women of the Elliott Chorale. This demonstrated a great use of suspensions, which added to the beauty and creativeness of the composition. The last piece, “Zigeuner Leben” was extremely varied featuring solos, solo sections, established choral passages, all under the banner of the German choral tradition of the time. The second set of songs was a cycle by celebrated Estonian composer Veljo Tormis. Tormis grew up and studied under the Soviet regime, which censored some of his works in the 1980s. His enormous choral output of well over 500 songs has earned him much accolade including being named one from the greatest musicians of Estonia. The Elliott Chorale performed “Sügismaastikud” or Autumn Landscapes. These pieces are very ethereal, descriptive, and the Chorale easily conveyed
chronicles the life of Christ: his birth, passion, and final judgment. The Choral Society and Elliott Chorale once again combined for “Messiah”. Tenor Larry Leblanc did very well in the solos “Comfort Ye” and “Every Valley;” two pieces that require great skill and stamina. Marcel d’Entremont was simply brilliant on “Thus Saith the Lord” and “He Shall Feed His Flock” tackling the dark texture and melismatic passages with ease. There was little doubt that soprano Brooke Dufton was genuinely overjoyed as she sang “Rejoice Greatly” and “He Shall Feed His Flock,” offering a compelling performance. The conclusion, the triumphant “Hallelujah Chorus,” was complete rapture. One tale says that upon hearing the “Hallelujah Chorus”, King George II rose to his feet, and two centuries later, this tradition has been followed when performed elsewhere. And although such was not the case at this concert, a standing ovation immediately followed, perhaps in reverence for the pious work or in celebration of an excellent concert. In any case, it was a great mix of choral music and Handel reminded us of the context of the season that is upon us. Be sure to mark December 5 on your calendars when Elliott Chorale, directed by Gayle H. Martin, presents the Festival of Lessons and Carols. Starting at 3:00 pm, there is no better way at Mount Allison to get the Christmas season started. Free-will donations for the Sackville Food Bank will be accepted at the door.
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From the opening scenes, showing a movie trailer with Lee Majors against Santa and his elves armed with automatic weapons, to the closing credits, Scrooged doesn’t disappoint. Charles Dickens immortal tale gets a modern American treatment in one of my all-time favourite Christmas films. Scrooged stars the incomparable Bill Murray as Frank Cross: a cold, conceited television executive who, through the visits of three unorthodox ghosts, sees the error of his ways and finds the true meaning of Christmas – not before giving you lots of laughs in between however. Murray oozes humor throughout: as his network prepares for a live performance of Dickens A Christmas Story, a stagehand laments that he can’t get a little pair of antlers to stay on a mouse. Murray’s response - “Have you tried staples?” Check it out; I know my VHS tape of Scrooged will get plenty of usage this holiday season.
There is one type of movie that can always brighten my day, and keep me sane through the exam weeks leading up to the holidays: Christmas cartoons. And the one that tops my list every year is A Charlie Brown Christmas. You just can’t help but smile as hapless Charlie Brown searches for the meaning of Christmas, trying to sort out the real deal from consumer Christmas nonsense. And at the end of the day, Christmas isn’t about presents, and it isn’t about trees, lights, or decorations either (even if your dog has his house lit up brighter than a parade float).
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Mickey’s Christmas Carol
This movie truly invokes the spirit of the season. At over thirty years old, It’s a Wonderful Life, has stood the test of time. It may not have any obvious ‘Christmas-y’ elements, especially since parts of the movie involve severe depression, but its allegorical message delivers home that love is ultimately where happiness comes from. It celebrates the joy of family and togetherness, something a lot of us overlook as we are blinded by the sparkle of Christmas gimmicks. This black and white masterpiece should be in your Christmas movie repertoire – give it a chance and you will agree.
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I remember watching Mickey’s Christmas Carol on television every year during the holidays as a child. Disney’s take on Charles Dickens’ classic makes the story accessible for children while still being enjoyable for adults. I like Mickey’s Christmas Carol because it follows fairly closely to the original story. It reminds us what the holidays are truly about and can bring out the child in everyone. All our favourite Mickey characters make an appearance with the inclusion of a few new ones. Mickey’s Christmas Carol is a fun and nostalgic part of my holidays and I recommend it to anyone for a chance to remember what Christmas was like as a kid.
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The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is easily the best Christmas movie ever written in history. First of all, anything written by Dr. Seuss has a warm spot in everyone’s heart. The movie is seeping with innocence and hope, which is what Christmas is supposed to be all about. Creating a whole new little holiday filled world brings attention to how much the Christmas season takes over and changes everything around us. It brings out the best in people, and the worst. The Grinch has become such a classic holiday character, reflecting all the bad habits and character flaws that come out around Christmas time in a comical, amusing way.
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1994: the North American Free Trade Agreement came into force, Aerosmith kicked drugs for the 7,343rd time and won a Grammy for Get a Grip, Major League Baseball players went on strike, 350,000 fans made the trek to Saugerties, NY to watch Cypress Hill and the Red Hot Chili Peppers play at Woodstock ’94…and Nic Cage made another movie. Trapped in Paradise pairs Cage with Saturday Night Live standouts Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey as Bill, Dave, and Alvin Firpo. When the nefarious brothers find themselves stranded in Paradise, Pennsylvania during Christmas, Bill (Cage) falls for Sarah Collins, the bank owner’s daughter. The only problem is that Dave and Alvin are career criminals and kleptomaniacs, and before he realizes it, Bill is in the middle of a Christmas Eve bank heist.
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Love Actually is one of my favourite go-to holiday movies. Set in scenic London, England, five weeks before Christmas, the movie follows ten couples and their seemingly unrelated love stories. The movie features an ensemble of all-star British cast ensemble whose characters’ path are ultimately intertwined as they reconcile with different forms and levels of love. This light-hearted romantic comedy contains a fair amount of subtle satire and a generous portion of irony, to boost one’s holiday spirit. For those looking to embrace the Christmas season and sink into a cheerful romantic fantasy of serendipitous, unrequited love, don’t forget to cozy up with a cup of hot tea this holiday season, as “Love is all around”!
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How can I get in the Holiday spirit during exams??
A. Geoff Hutchinson:
I love Christmas, personally. I really do. Rampant capitalism, crippling debt, the sound of children’s agitating whines when they don’t get the exact colour of the incredibly expensive clothing item that they asked for. But a festive mood is pretty difficult to create when you’re worried about what cruel and unusual punishment your prof is planning for you in the next couple of weeks. Honestly, if some jackass was walking by singing about Christmas while I was studying for an exam, I’d ring his jingle bell, if you know what I’m saying (if not, how about “deck his halls”? Or “roast his chestnuts”? Or “smash his face in”?). The simplest way to get yourself excited for the holidays when you’re worrying about your studies is to make your study area more festive. If you see more Christmas stuff, you’ll feel more christmasy. This is apparently what the malls think, so there must be some logic to it. Get a tree, put some ornaments on it, and bake cookies! If you can’t fit a tree in your dorm room or ridiculously small apartment, use your roommate! A string of lights, a bunch of tinsel, maybe a star on their head, and you’ll have the most festive (not to mention the most perturbed) Christmas tree you’ll ever see. Other then that, get out and sing some Christmas carols! Hell, why not even go crazy and go carolling sober? People might even listen to you! Carols aren’t your thing? Host a Christmas party! Make your own eggnog! Wrap a present or two! Maybe even go to church! None of this will change the fact that you have a few weeks of academic horror ahead, but it might momentarily distract you, so go for it!
A. Sean Baker:
It’s December: snow is falling, people are anticipating the holiday break, and it’s about to become so cold that liquid nitrogen will seem like hot chocolate. But there’s no time to think about any of that. Exams are coming up, our futures depend on them, and every waking moment must be spent studying. To infuse your studying with holiday spirit, focus on the core aspects of the holiday season. And what’s the most important part of the holidays? Commercialism! Make sure to set aside time to buy the most colourful, impractical, expensive knickknacks you can find. It’s what this time of year is all about, and the more money you spend, the better you’ll feel. As an added bonus, you won’t have any more financial concerns, because you won’t have any more finances! Music is a classic part of the holidays. The same songs playing over and over again with absolutely no escape until every note is irrevocably burned into our brains! So sing while you study! Sing in the hallways! Sing as you walk from class to class! Sing in the exam! I’m sure no one will mind if you start belting out “Winter Wonderland” while everyone is trying to write an essay on realism and how it relates to contemporary cultural concerns. Finally, don’t forget to decorate: filling your study space with figurines, flashing lights, and false snow is incredibly conducive to effective studying. To boost your spirits, decorate everything you see: buildings, classrooms, and people too. Everyone loves being sprayed with false snow, and anyone who denies it just needs to be sprayed more. Happy holidays, everyone!
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I’m totally exasperated by the confusion between words like exasperate and exacerbate. The distinction is apparently just as hard to grasp as anecdote/antidote. Let’s be clear: you can’t “exasperate” a problem! (Unless you are portraying a problem in anthropomorphic imagery wherein the problem is personified and takes on human emotions like exasperation – for the purposes of my theory I will be ignoring this exception). Clearly, many people are exasperated at being unclear on this, but they exacerbate the problem by refusing to not confuse the two, both in conversations and presentations. The antidote to all this is education
--- educate yourself or else you are likely exacerbating the problem. Although I have only anecdotal evidence to support my thesis, I believe it to be the antidote. Do you know how to properly use “exacerbate,” or do you exasperate your friends by saying “exasperate” when you mean “exacerbate”? Make sure you find out! Then, my suggestion is simple: to use anecdotes as the antidote to stop exacerbating what will become your growing exasperation with the confusion. Try using “exacerbate” in an anecdote. Try using good English as the antidote to the exasperation caused by bad English.
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Conclusive data provides SAC a definite course of action for September 2011 implementation
As Mount Allison is currently the only Atlantic Canadian university without extended health care coverage for students, the Students' Administrative Council decided to perform independent research in an effort to find out whether students feel this is an initiative their Union should undertake. With consultation from Dr. Louise Wasylkiw of Mount Allison's Psychology department, a survey was compiled with the goal of determining, definitely and unbiasedly, whether students want the SAC to pursue extended health care options. Over the course of three days – October 21st, 22nd and 25th – the SAC set up survey stations in Jennings Dining Hall, the Wallace McCain Student Centre, and the R.P. Bell Library. Over the three days, 656 students responded to the survey, with results presented to Council at its November 3rd meeting. Results proved highly conclusive, with 66.5% of students surveyed responding that "the SAC [should] pursue a mandatory, opt-out style health plan for all students" and 64.5% responding that "the SAC [should] pursue a mandatory, opt-out style dental plan for all students". A mandatory, opt-out style plan means that all students would be registered for the plan initially, and would have the option to "opt out" of the plan by entering an existing policy number – for example, if covered under parents' or employers' insurance. By doing this, the SAC has the potential to offer extended baseline health coverage for all students, while not forcing anyone with an existing plan into a new one. At the aforementioned November 3rd meeting, Council passed a motion which outlines its next steps: "...to begin research on extended health and dental coverage, providers, plans, and cost, as well as discussing billing and administrative procedures with University administration, with the goal of implementation in September 2011". Ultimately, by actively and properly seeking input from students, the SAC has gained irrefutable data outlining the desire from students to have extended health care options available, and is now able to move forward with the necessary steps to be able to offer these options in the next year. For more information on the research conducted or anything related to extended health and dental care, please contact SAC Vice-President, Campus Life Pat Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The worst sequels to hit the box office
When I heard that Mean Girls, a wildly popular teen comedy about high school cliques, had a sequel coming out, I have to say I was extremely excited to see the plastics wreak slutty havoc once again. But then I found out it has an entirely new cast, and is going straight to video - the universal indication that this movie sucks. It shouldn’t be a surprise really; all sequels fail, unless they are part of a pre-destined series with a linked story (i.e. Harry Potter, The Bourne Trilogy, Die Hard etc.). A sequel is a complete film on its own, but it also continues the narrative of its predecessor. In other words, it is synonymous with a shoddy remake of a top-grossing movie that made a lot of money. It will follow the same formula for the first movie - same character types, same jokes, identical plot-line - yet it is guaranteed to leave you feeling cheated compared to the original. I liked to take the time to look back on some memorable flops that did, shockingly, make it to the box office. Batman and Robin In this 1997 installment, Joel Schumacher decided to make Batman wear a nippled, S&M version of the batsuit . . . enough said. Grease 2 Returning to Rydell for some more summer lovin’ seemed like a sure-fire hit, but I was sadly mistaken. Instead of satirical catchy hooks, this movie is bombarded with lame songs full of sexual innuendos (‘Let’s Score’ and ‘Reproduction’). A musical relies on fun, theatrical numbers, but this bland revival missed the mark. The first Grease was an exercise in nostalgia over the fifties era; now the sequel asks us to feel warm and fuzzy about a film that makes us warm and fuzzy. If you ask me, it’s all very contrived. Jurassic Park 3 The sequel in the Jurassic Park franchise wasn’t half bad, but then Spielberg was absent for the third, and this uninspired piece of cinema was born. More emphasis was put on the special effects to create awe-inspiring, scary dinosaurs, while the script and plot was given no attention at all. This movie is comparable to a lame theme park ride that isn’t even worth the price of admission.
December 2, 2010
Television is becoming a culture of freaks
MTV teen-pregnancy show reminds us of Jerry Springer
Capilano Courier (Capilano University)
VANCOUVER (CUP) — 16 and Pregnant is a sad homage to the current state of American society, and is finishing up its second season on MTV. Not content with exploiting rich twenty-somethings living in LA, à-la The Hills, MTV set their sights on the oh-so-wonderful world of underage, overweight teen mothers living in trailer parks and their on-againoff-again cast of older boyfriends. It seems MTV has begun recruiting a new generation of trailer-trash whose aspirations amount to little more than being return guests on The Jerry Springer Show. MTV is kind enough to provide brief summaries on some of their subjects, including Chelsea, whose capacity for parenting is highlighted by her decision to “attend her high school’s homecoming football game to raise her spirits in spite of feeling guilty about leaving [her baby] at home.” Another mother, Amber, confesses to her parents that her boyfriend Gary has squandered the last of their savings on video games. Clearly MTV has a formula for getting on this show. It goes something like this: Take one pregnant underage girl still in high school, add an older boyfriend with no job and no high school diploma, mix in angry religious parents, a dash of sensationalism, a big scoop of trailer-park living, stir the already dangerous mix with a reality TV crew, and presto, you get 16 and Pregnant. Credit should be given to the progenitor of this trend, The Jerry Springer Show, which debuted in 1991 and has been a high-ratings earner ever since. The show showcases what happens when you scrape the bottom of the barrel. After nineteen years of insanity, Springer’s show has categorized what it looks for in potential guests, and it reads like a job posting for an old-time travelling freak show. Competition to meet the requirements is steep. “Do you want your ex back even though they call you psycho or obsessed?” the ads question. “Will you do anything to get them back?” Other sought after candidates include people with “a crazy ex that won’t stay out of [their] new relationship,” or those with women “[they] hate and want to confront on the show.” Again, we see extreme examples of sorting people into what we would normally consider to be undesirable groups. However, in a bizarre twist of American culture, people actively sort themselves into these groups for a chance at appearing on TV, willing freaks in a modern-day circus. It channels an ancient voyeurism that feeds on our desire to mock others,
Internet Photo/CUPwire and a sense of curiosity that drives us to seek out this form of entertainment in the first place. So, when did a culture of surveillance entertainment turn from paparazzi chasing Hollywood celebrities into a cameraman, a guy with a boom mic and an unscrupulous producer recording sixteen-year-old pregnant girls in their trailer park escapades? And maybe more importantly, why do we watch it? Part of it is the car-crash theory, that no matter how horrific the incident we can’t stop staring. Or maybe it’s a way for us to feel better about our own lives. 16 and Pregnant isn’t the first — nor will it be the last — to take advantage of those less fortunate for the purposes of mass entertainment. But, as Leo Anthony Gallagher once lamented: “I wish there was a knob on the TV so you could turn up the intelligence.”
George Clooney as Batman, in the flop directed by Schumacher.
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde This movie was a flop because it gave Elle Woods the same motive as last time – to overcome the blonde stereotype and prove that she is intelligent. They reuse the same ‘valley girl’ gags that were endearing the first time, but now are tired and nolonger fresh. Elle attempts to take on the politics of animal testing; it’s a valiant moral effort, but the outcome is completely naïve. At a time when Americans were adamantly protesting the war on terror and being ignored, Elle Woods infuriatingly makes political change seem like child’s play.
ProJect Alchemist 3.14 Music Records
Zac Crouse You Plan to Do Nothing Little Caledonia Music Co.
These Kids Wear Crowns Self-titled EMI Records
Radio Radio Belmundo Regal Bonsound Records
Doctor Ew Gadzooks Fuzzy Logic Recordings
Alchemist is a short, five-track EP that lets the music speak for itself. It’s refreshing to see that the album doesn’t rely on flashy packaging and artwork to grab attention, as it contains only five photos to symbolize each track. Composed by ProJect, music veteran duo Mike St-Jean and Matt Rosen, this ethereal and lush collection of instrumental brilliance is in a league of its own. It sounds like an electronic version of the soundtrack to a tragic love story. To understand the quality of ProJect’s odd collaborations, I’d recommend giving “By Southwest” a listen. - Michelle Cielen
Zac Crouse is the lead singer and songwriter for the Halifax band Caledonia. He allegedly wrote this album while kayaking around Nova Scotia, and learned to play guitar to ward off depression while working in Oklahoma. This album is balanced between moments of darkness and a steady, hopeful pace. You Plan to Do Nothing is sweet and clean. The combination of pulsing drums and understated instrumentation gives a sense of space, which is soothing and quite lovely to listen to. It’s the kind of album that grows on you. Sounds Like: Sitting on a frosty hill wrapped in blankets talking to a good friend that you just realized you’re in love with and they’re never gonna know. - Becky Martin
As far as chart-toppingteenybopper-’punk rock’ goes, These Kids Wear Crowns has it all: the adolescent-sounding lead vocals, the singable melody, and a fusion of simple guitar chords and electronica. While the intro of the track “Holding On” is reminiscent of Blink 182‘s popular tune, “I’m Feelin’ This,” galactic sound effects are added, sounding similar to that of another popular artist, Lights. Hailing from Chilliwack, BC, the band could prove to be Canada’s next Metro Station with its angstridden lyrics and strong, simple melody. - Anna McLean
Sporting a truly unique sound, Radio Radio is one of the best rap groups to come out of Eastern Canada in a long time. Founded in 2001, Radio Radio exploded onto the scene earlier this year when their latest album Belmundo Regal was short-listed for the Polaris Prize. The group has also been named Révélation Musique 2010-2011 by Radio-Canada and with good reason. Radio Radio is an incredibly unique group, mixing tight beats with shockingly lyrical verses in chiac and AcadianFrench. Anyone who is able to mix in references to man-purses and Almond Joys so masterfully is worth checking out, and Radio Radio won’t disappoint. - Noah Kowalski
Doctor Ew is the solo project of Drew Smith, lead singer of wellknown Toronto indie-pop band, The Bicycles. Gadzooks is a cheerful album with quite a few Beach Boys moments (which seems to be a growing trend in indie pop). Some of the songs sound like they could be the theme songs for progressive children’s programs, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. With its sunny instrumentation, easygoing but strange lyrics, and variations of goofiness, it’s pretty entertaining. Album highlights include “I’m not Mad at you Anymore”, “I’m Getting Fat”, and “Let’s Make it Legitimate”. Sounds like: Watching cartoons with a guy you picked up by the side of the road somewhere. - Becky Martin
An action-thriller, a Shakespearean remake, and romantic comedy are set to liven up the lazy holidays
The Tourist: December 10, 2010 Combining Johnny Depp (Pirates of The Caribbean, Public Enemies), Angelina Jolie (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Salt), Venice, and an action thriller would seem to be the perfect recipe for cinematic success, and that’s just what director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck has done. A remake of the French film Anothony Zimmer, the movie follows an American tourist (Depp) who meets a mysterious woman ( Jolie) while on vacation in Venice, and soon finds himself caught in a web of secrets and intrigue. The film is heavy on action and romance, and the combination of two of Hollywood’s biggest stars in this kind of movie indicates a great deal of success for what will likely be the season’s biggest blockbuster. The Tempest: December 10, 2010 Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren (The Queen), plays the lead role in this silver screen adaptation of one of William Shakespeare’s last plays. Mirren plays Prospera (a female version of Shakespeare’s Prospero), a sorcerer whose Dukedom was usurped by her brother, and who was exiled with her daughter Miranda to a remote island. Years later, Prospera conjures a storm to shipwreck her enemies on this island, and executes an elaborate plan of revenge and redemption. Trailers for the film, directed by Julie Taymor (Across the Universe), illustrate a sense of sensationalism, with emphasis on the story’s high stakes and the film’s beautiful visual effects. The film retains the traditional Shakespearean text, though it is unknown if it has been altered. Other actors of note in
Guaranteed blockbusters for the season
the film include Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Caliban, and Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek) as Trinculo. How do You Know: December 17, 2010 This romantic comedy from James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment, As Good as it Gets) stars Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde, Walk the Line) and Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man) as two singletons each undergoing their own separate crises who develop a mutual attraction. Lisa Jorgenson (Witherspoon) has been cut from the U.S. national softball team, and is dealing with her boyfriend Manny (Owen Wilson). Corporate employee George (Rudd) is in financial trouble, and being indicted by the government because of the business habits of his father ( Jack Nicholson). The two meet, and everyone deals with the question of how anyone knows that they’re in love. Brooks is a wellregarded comedy writer, and the movie has a solid cast, so How Do You Know looks to be a reliable romantic comedy for the holiday season.
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A still from The Tourist, a remake of the French film Anthony Zimmer, on the canals of Venice, Italy.
December 2, 2010
Singing may be her first passion, but not the only
Becky: I wanted to ask you about your background. You’re from Montreal, you lived in Florida, and went back to Montreal to go to school for psychology. At what point did you know you wanted to do music and what kick-started you? Prita: I knew that I wanted to be a singer my whole life but my family was totally not supportive. I got a degree in psychology from Concordia University in Montreal. I remember on graduation day looking around at everyone who was so excited to get their degree and, even though I thought psychology was interesting, it didn’t really give me much sense of fulfillment. That moment was a reality check and I knew that if I wanted to be a singer, I needed to be actively pursuing it. Q: So you knew you wanted to be a singer the whole time that you were in school? A: Yeah, I was a bit miserable. Every once in a while I would have this breakdown and wonder ‘What am I doing here?’ I’m not the kind of person who just takes life as it comes, I felt like I need to do something more. Q: You’re an ambassador for the Canadian Foundation for AIDS research, so this is a really important cause for you. Can you tell me about what experiences led you to pursue this cause? A: The experience opened my eyes up to how lucky I am to live in North America, how we’re really blessed to be here even though we live in a bit of a bubble sometimes. We have a lot of opportunities that the rest of the world doesn’t have. I remember in Mali someone heard me singing on the bus. So they invited me to their home and taught me a song in their native tongue. They were so proud and happy that someone took the time to learn a song in their language and I thought ‘Wow, here I am in this country with so much poverty and they’re giving me this incredible opportunity.’ I came back thinking ‘I have to tell these stories, let people know how other people live in the world.’
Singer/songwriter Prita Chhabra has a degree is Psychology, and is a Canadian ambassador for AIDS
Internet Photo/123 Nonstop
After years of overcoming her insecurities, Prita Chhabra is now more confident than ever in her own skin.
though I guess no one really is normal. It took a lot for me to come into my own. I used to look to other people for complements and assurance. The truth is that real assurance only comes from your self. I had to work at believing that. It’s so funny how people look at me now and say ‘oh you’re so beautiful’ because I’m the same person I always was, I just project it outwards now. When you’re insecure you act a certain way and when you’re confident you act differently and say certain things. You stand up for yourself and you attract all of these great things into your life and you create this reality you always wanted. We all have the capacity to do amazing great things in our lives. Q: That’s great advice because I think it’s difficult for a lot of women who are focused on pleasing other people. A: Growing up as a teenager, I would always ask myself ‘who can I be so other people will accept me? How should I act so that this guy will like me?’. The reality is that I should have been asking, ‘how are these people acting? Are they worth my time?’. I went through so many bad relationships as a teenager because I was so insecure. I could have had a lot better, but I thought no one else would like me and I just took whatever came my way. As I got older I realized what kind of people I do and don’t need in my life. I’m a better person, and I’ll be a better person if I have to. Q: Was there something in particular that happened that made you start changing the way you thought about things? A: I just got tired of feeling like I wasn’t good enough. There were days when I’d look in the mirror and see someone pretty. I felt ugly, but I thought ‘I’m pretty sure I look the same’. I got into the habit of looking for things I do like when I look in the mirror. I don’t feel unattractive anymore because I’ve changed the way I see myself. I used to always feel too skinny but now I’ve just accepted the fact. I’m skinny, whoop-dee-doo, who cares. That’s just the way I’m made. People tell me all the time how lucky I am to be skinny. They’ll say things like ‘oh you shouldn’t complain about your headache, you’re skinny.’ like it’s this big blessing. The truth is that even though it’s conventionally more acceptable, that didn’t make it easier to like myself. I have the toughest time finding clothes that fit. Shopping really stresses me out. I was looking for a summer dress once and everything was too big so the sales clerk said to me “I have a perfect idea! Why don’t you go to the food court and have three burgers and come back. Then maybe something will fit you.” I went to the bathroom and cried silently for a good ten minutes. People don’t realize when they’re making comments like that, whether you’re skinny or fat it hurts just as much. So now I accept that I’m going to have to alter a lot of things that I buy in stores and things might not fit and it’s okay. It’s okay! I’m skinny, so what? At least I have clothes at all, and money to buy clothes.
It’s okay! I’m skinny, so what? At least I have clothes at all, and money to buy clothes. Prita Chhabra Singer/Songwriter
Q: You write a lot about what it’s like to be a woman, and being strong and confident in yourself. Are these important issues for you? Do you have advice for young women who are struggling with themselves and their self-image? A: I think growing up I wasn’t confident and I wasn’t secure at all. I was made fun of my whole life, high school and elementary school. I’ve always been told “oh you’re so skinny” and I always felt ugly, like I wasn’t part of the norm,
A heated Saturday night at George’s
Top Left: Vocalist Adam Warren fronts the East coast imdie-pop band Glory Glory Man United . Bottom Left: Headlining in their hometown, Shotgun Jimmie ended the night with a roaring crowd. Above: Innes Wilson and his opposition is a folk-rock, grunge group hailing from Guelph, Ontario. All photos by Ainslie Moss
DECEMBER 2, 2010
THE CHMA 106.9 FM CAMPUS & COMMUNITY RADIO BULLETIN
HOLIDAY LOVE EDITION
FOR THE WEEK ENDING TUESDAY NOVEMBER 30, 2010
RANK ARTIST TITLE (LABEL) 01 BABY EAGLE* Dog Weather (You’ve Changed)
THE PHEASANTS ARE OUT OF THE SACK...
02 GREG MACPHERSON*
Mr. Invitation (Smallman)
03 DUZHEKNEW/COUSINS* Duz/Cuz (Self-Released) 04 DANIEL, FRED & JULIE* Daniel, Fred & Julie (You’ve Changed) 05 IT KILLS* It Kills (Self-Released) 06 COREY ISENOR* Frost (Self-Released) 07 HANDSOME DAN AND HIS GALLIMAUFRY* 08 DEERHUNTER Halcyon Digest (4AD)
Provincial Parks & Broken Hearts (OH!)
09 THE SUPERFANTASTICS*
Places to Roam (Self-Released)
10 APOLLO GHOSTS* Mount Benson (Self-Released) 11 SHAD* TSOL (Black Box) 12 YUKON BLONDE* Yukon Blonde (Bumstead)
13 FREDERICK SQUIRE*
March 12 (Blue Fog)
14 NEW PORNOGRAPHERS* Together (Last Gang) 15 OLD MAN LUEDECKE* My Hands Are On Fire & Other Love Songs (Black Hen) 16 THE SADIES* Darker Circles (Outside) 17 WOODEN WIVES* War Brides (Self-Released) 18 BLACK KEYS Brothers (Nonesuch) 19 COCO ET CO* St. Denis (Self-Released) 20 PAT LEPOIDEVIN* Moonwolves (Self-Released) 21 CONSTRUCTTION & DESTRUCTION* Mutatis Mutandis (Quarantine)
FRIDAY DECEMBER 3, 2010. WITH DOG DAY/ CONSTRUCTION & DESTRUCTION/MARINE DREAMS. AT GEORGE’S ROADHOUSE. 10 PM. $8 AT THE DOOR.
STEREOPHONIC 8 LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT
22 MAVIS STAPLES
You Are Not Alone (Anti-)
23 MINOTAURS* The Thing (Static Cling) 24 STEVEN MCKAY* Steven Mckay (Fuzzy Logic) 25 DOG IS BLUE* Hot Air Balloons (Self-Released) 26 OLENKA & THE AUTUMN LOVERS* And Now We Sing (OH!) 27 THE ACORN* No Ghost (Paper Bag)
TWO CENTS WORTH WITH MELISSA O’ROURKE AND STEPHEN SPENCE, SUNDAYS AT 5:30 PM
28 PROVINCIAL ARCHIVE*
Maybe We Could Be Holy (Bedrooms & Basements)
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29 GHOSTKEEPER* Ghostkeeper (Flemish Eye) 30 THE THERMALS Personal Life (Kill Rock Stars) 31 LOOM* Loom EP (Self-Released)
A LIL’ WISDOM FROM THE INTERNETS
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Friday November 19, 2010
SCI & TECH
Everybody has heard of the Big Bang theory: the event that led to the formation of the Universe, and eventually to our galaxy, solar system, planet, and 13.7 billion years later, us. But what happened in the very first second of the Big Bang? The earliest era of the universe known is referred to as ‘The Planck Era’, a magnificent period in which the gravitational force diverged from a so called ‘Super Force’ leading to energy fluctuations so great that they randomly warped space and time. In fact, conditions were so extreme that no scientific theory can adequately describe Planck’s era. Of course, this was only the first one hundred billionths of a billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a second (10E-43). Everything that makes up the universe today started out being the size of an atomic nucleus, but enormous releases of energy resulted in an instantaneous expansion to the size of a solar system. During this time, radiation flooded all of space as matter and antimatter particles collided, creating photons. Although matter and antimatter was roughly in balance, particle antimatter was slightly outnumbered by matter (protons and neutrons), which is apparent as the universe contains a considerable amount of matter today. A dance between the annihilation of particles to create energy, and the collision of energetic photons to form particles continued until temperatures fell beneath one trillion degrees. This impeded the spontaneous exchange of matter and energy allowing photons to become the fundamental form of energy. In the next few minutes, before temperature decreased too far, helium and hydrogen nuclei formed, and all the mass of ordinary matter present in the universe today, came to be. Several hundred thousand years passed as expansion continued and temperatures fell until atoms could form and gravitational forces began pulling matter together into clouds, stars, and eventually galaxies. While this is an extraordinary explanation of the creation of our universe, is there any evidence to back-up this theory? The first evidence came in 1965 when two physicists, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, found unexpected microwave noise coming through their research antenna. This noise came from every direction in space and try as they might, Penzias and Wilson could not get rid of it. Simultaneously, another group of physicists were characterizing what the left-over heat from the Big Bang would look like in the universe today. They concluded that if the Big Bang actually happened, then radiation in the form of microwaves would persist throughout the entire universe. Eventually, these scientists met, compared notes, and discovered that this ‘noise’ was indeed cosmic microwave background; photons from when the universe was merely 380,000 years old. In fact, if you still have a television that you can connect to its own built-in aerial on top, switch to a channel without a station and you will be seeing back in time as one per cent of the static ‘snow’ is due to the cosmic microwave background photons! Later, more evidence arose with the discovery that one-quarter of the mass of ordinary matter (everything excluding dark matter) is helium. Fusion of hydrogen to helium postBig Bang can only account for ten per cent of this helium; therefore the rest must have been created before temperatures plummeted in early universe formation. The Big Bang theory is now widely accepted as it accounts for many current day observed phenomena, such as continuing expansion, the origin of the elements, and the four distinct forces at work all around us; gravity and the electromagnetic, strong and weak forces. Yet, there are still many unanswered questions. Most importantly, where did the initial atomic sized universe structure come from and why has the universe expanded so uniformly? It is astonishing to believe that in less than a second, temperatures dropped by more than a sextillion (10E21) degrees, new forces were created, and expansion pushed the boundaries of the universe ever
December 2, 2010
The early Universe in less than a blink of the eye
Your TV snow is the result of cosmic microwave background, photons from when the universe was only 380,000 years old.
outward. The universe continued to form and these spontaneous events eventually led to the creation of life on a small planet known as Earth.
Internet Photo/York University
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE ARGOSY
Q: What is better for the environment: paper towel or hand dryers?
Science and Technology Editor
That’s a tough question to answer, especially because it is hard to get sound numbers. A study was done for Environmental Resource Management, which took manufacturing, supply, packaging,
electricity consumption, and disposal in to account. For the paper towels, they also included packaging of all of the components, and supply and disposal of the towel dispenser, the garbage can, and garbage bags. On this scale the hand dryer wins the environmentally friendly award. Then again, it does seem like including garbage cans and garbage bags in the equation is overkill. Especially since I have yet to see a bathroom that doesn’t have a garbage can, regardless of the type of hand drying apparatus available.
There are some arguments to be made for either side of the argument. Paper towels that are folded in to each other often come out more than one at a time, which is a waste. On the other hand, older hand dryers aren’t all that energy efficient, although newer hand dryers are better. Then there is a question of hygiene, which admittedly still counts in to the equation, though it has little to do with the emissions caused by each. Some studies have suggested that hand dryers breed bacteria and blow them on to your hands. Most of these
studies though have been funded by the paper towel industry. The Mayo Clinic conducted one of the only independent reviews on the topic, and ultimately decided that in terms of germs, there really wasn’t a difference between the two methods. So in the end, there is now straight answer on the question. The newer the hand dryer the more efficient it is, and if you are drying your hands with paper, don’t over do it. You don’t need five paper towels to dry your hands.
AND ISAAC NEWTON
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Caffeinated alcoholic drinks causing legal buzz
FDA crackdown on caffeinated alcoholic drinks is causing a headache for US beverage manufacturers
Science and Technology Writer
Contains the alcohol of more than four beers and the caffeine of two cups of coffee.
They may be advertised as a cocktail with a kick, but a US government agency sees them as a potentially lethal substance. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun a crackdown on the caffeinated alcoholic drinks often popular with students, after concluding that adding caffeine to alcohol is unsafe. Four makers of the beverages were told to take action before the FDA seeks a court order to ban the drinks. The four companies and their affected products are: Charge Beverages Corp. (Core High Gravity HG, Core High Gravity HG Orange, and Lemon Lime Core Spiked), New Century Brewing Co., LLC (Moonshot), Phusion Projects, LLC (Four Loko) and United Brands Company Inc. ( Joose and Max). Since the ruling, which came on November 16, the four aforementioned companies have either removed the caffeine from the beverages or removed the drinks from the market entirely. In its ruling, the FDA did not elaborate on how dangerous alcoholic beverages can be, but it said caffeine can mask "some of the sensory cues" drinkers rely on to determine their level of intoxication. David L. Weldy MD, of the University of Toledo, College of Medicine in Ohio said, "Ingesting alcohol and energy drinks together is associated with a decreased awareness of the physical and mental impairment caused by the alcohol without reducing the actual impairment." This results in what many refer to as “wide awake drunk” and often results in the consumption of greater amounts of
Contains the alcohol of one beer and the caffeine of one cup of coffee.
In Canada, caffeinated alcoholic drinks are highly regulated, but in the US these drinks contained the alcohol of four beer and the caffeine of two cups of coffee.
alcohol since impairment is masked. It also increases risky behaviour such as and Prevention found that drinkers who consume alcohol mixed with energy drinks are three times more likely to binge drink than other drinkers. Mary Claire O'Brien, a professor of emergency medicine at Wake Forest University, last year told the FDA that combining alcohol and caffeine had a more potent effect than drinking either substance separately. The beverages have become increasingly known as “blackout in a can” and have been the culprit in a number of hospitalizations and even several deaths in some well-publicized instances. At Central Washington University, nine students who drank Four Loko had to be rushed to the hospital. As a result of this and other incidents, four states and a number of college campuses had banned the sale of alcoholic energy drinks. In New York, the State Liquor Authority and some of the largest beer distributors agreed to stop selling these drinks throughout the state. The actions of the FDA have not been mirrored by Health Canada, which says that similar beverages sold in Canada are more strictly regulated than the American versions. The most popular of the blacklisted American brands, Four Loko, contains the alcohol of over four beers and the caffeine equivalent of almost two cups of coffee per 23.5 oz can. It is unavailable in Canada. The most popular Canadian caffeinated alcoholic drink, Rockstar+Vodka contains slightly more alcohol than a
Wide awake drunk
Not feeling the effects of being drunk. Ie not be aware of how drunk you are, despite showing the signs of being drunk.
Ingesting alcohol and energy drinks together is associated with a decreased awareness of the physical and mental impairment caused by the alcohol without reducing the actual impairment. David L. Weldy University of Toledo, College of Medicine
drinking and driving. The Centers for Disease Control
Increased risky behaviour
Drinking and Driving Excess drinking because of masked impairment.
tall can of beer and has about the same caffeine content as a cup of coffee. The caffeine in the Canadian brands must also come from natural additives such as guarana rather than refined caffeine.
Geek Chic of the Week
If you’ve read Harry Potter then you’ve at least once imagined yourself a witch or wizard, running through town casting charms, hexes, and curses much to the chagrin of your less magically gifted friends. Unfortunately, that scenario will likely stay confined to the realm of imagination, but thanks to the efforts of a British company, the more mundane magic of a TV remote can be harnessed with your very own wand. The Kymera Magic Wand is a universal remote disguised as a wooden spell-conjuring stick which allows you to control virtually any infrared-enabled device with simple gestures. The remote comes in one model that measures fourteen inches long, features no buttons, and is styled much like the wands you might see in the Harry Potter films. Inside the wand is an accelerometer which is essentially a device which detects how the wand is positioned in 3D space and is what allows you to perform the gesture commands. The device comes with thirteen pre-defined gestures, including flicking up and down to change channels, and drawing circles in the air to change the volume. These controls can be changed, however, to whatever functions you wish them to perform. When the remote is turned on, it pulses three times and lets you access a training mode where you can map out your own gesture controls and practice them. The wand can also learn new gestures and can learn functions simply by acquiring the infrared code from the actual remote of whatever device it is you happen to be using. There are also advanced commands for the masters of wizardry that allow commands to be performed by simply tapping certain patterns on the side of the wand. The remote currently retails for ninety dollars and would certainly make a great Christmas gift for the magic aficionado in your family.
December 2, 2010: Magic Wand
Big weekend for Basketball Mounties
December 2, 2010
Men and women end 2010 on a high with pair of victories
Daye rebounds to earn 1st team AllCanadian honours
Filer, Molnar named to second team
Continued from front page
a 109-yard interception return for a touchdown. “I’ll never forget that moment,” says teammate and five-time AllCanadian Gary Ross. “To me that was his coming out play; he has been on a different level ever since.” Third year saw Daye move to defence full-time, and start off the season at a torrid pace, picking off one pass and breaking up six others in the first three games. In the Homecoming tilt against St. FX, on a punt return, Daye suffered a serious knee injury when an X-Men player fell into his legs, ending his season and requiring surgery and intense rehab. “It was one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve ever seen”, said five-year teammate Jermaine Oram. “He was my roommate at the time and he was having an all-star season that year.” “Rehab was just a step-by-step process,” Daye says. “Every week was a new challenge; one week I’d be on the bike, the next week I’d be jogging.” “Everyone who knew Bradley was certain was he’d be back playing as one of the best in the conference,” Jeffrey said, “There was no stopping him.” Daye did return, and in his last two seasons combined had five interceptions, ten other pass breakups, and 61.5 tackles while adding 377 return yards. “Bradley is one of the most committed athletes we’ve ever had,” says Jeffrey. “Every fall he’d come back as one of the best conditioned players on the team.” Ross echoed the sentiment. “He’s taken his natural talents and maximized them through tireless hard work. He transformed himself from a player nobody recruited to a guy who has the potential to play in the CFL.” Daye plans to try and make it to the professional level, stating he wants to get into a camp and show teams what he can do. “As long as I can say I gave it my shot, that someone gave me a chance, I’ll be happy.” “I’m very excited to seeing Bradley play at the next level,” says Oram. “He has worked so hard, and deserves a shot.” “I am very proud of Bradley and the way that he has grown as a player, student and most importantly as a young man,” added Ross. “Seeing Bradley walk across the stage wearing his Mountie jersey with all the other All-Canadians,” smiles Jeffrey, “was a moment that culminated a career of ups a n d downs a n d highlighted h i s
Mounties 6’3’’ guard Jake Planinc earned Player of the Week honours for his performance in Saturday’s 76-69 win over UNB-SJ. Planinc and forward Ben Chisholm led the Mounties with 19 points apiece.
Despite a literal last-minute surge by the visiting UNB-Saint John Seawolves, the men’s Basketball Mounties were able to come away with a 76-69 victory at home on Saturday night in the final game before the winter break. Down 69-60 with fifty-one seconds
to play, the Seawolves managed to pull within three points with less than ten seconds left. Assuming the Seawolves would intentionally foul in order to gain possession, Mounties Head Coach Bruce McMillan drew up a play to get the ball into the hands of sharp-shooting guard Jake Planinc. He hit both free-throws to ice the game for the Mounties whose record now stands at 4-4, good for fourth in the ACAA.
Planinc was one of two Mounties to lead the team with 19 points in the win, tied with forward Ben Chisholm, who continued the strong play that earned him male Athlete of the Week honours last week. Chisholm also added eight rebounds (three offensive) and two steals, shooting an efficient sixty-four per cent (9 of 14) from the floor.
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commitment to our program and making our team better. He was the perfect representative of what the Mounties have achieved not only this season but the perseverance of several years in the making.”
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Left: STU’s 6’0’’ blocker Ksenia Sehic attempts to score past Mountie blockers Cassy Muldoon-Gorchynski (#13) and Jane Delahunt. The Volleyball Mounties dropped their record to 3-4 after suffering a 3-1 loss (25-22, 25-19, 21-25, 25-14) against the St. Thomas Tommies on Saturday. The Tommies’ Gabrielle Boutilier earned Player of the Match honours, recording 10 kills, 1 ace, 4 digs, and two stuff blocks.
Exploring the place of the Grey Cup in Canadian culture
This past weekend, Edmonton grocers were prepared: they brought in truckloads of watermelons. How odd. Not only that, but there was French being spoken in Edmonton. How very odd. And how very Canadian. Why was all this happening? Because Saskatchewan Roughriders fans wanted to hollow those watermelons out and wear them on their heads. And the French came courtesy of the scores of Montreal Alouettes fans pouring into the Albertan capital to watch and celebrate none other than the Grey Cup, Canada’s most beautiful silver mug. The Grey Cup once again delivered an exciting game, complete with the usual last minute showdown. This year, as last year, the Montreal Alouettes emerged victorious, after a dominant second half with consistent ball movement and the occasional big play. The defeated Saskatchewan Roughriders can be proud of their effort, having fought hard and delivered a solid effort all around. There was so much second effort from both teams that they should have played a third half. It’s possible that this will be the last time we see Anthony Calvillo and Ben Cahoon on the gridiron. If so, goodbye, and thanks, men. Those of you who follow Canadian football likely watched the big game, so I don’t plan on giving you a rundown of the mechanics of the Als victory. I do however, want to take this chance to say a few final words about the Grey Cup and what I think it means to Canada. As someone who has lived in four provinces and traveled abroad, I can tell you that over the vast geographical expanse that is Canada, there are very few things that are truly shared. In addition to beavers, maple syrup, and duct tape, the Grey Cup is one of Canada’s icons, and is a wonderful uniting force in our sometimes distant nation. The Grey Cup’s origins are thoroughly Canadian: it was given to the best amateur rugby football team in Canada in 1909 by Governor General Earl Grey. Canada’s story, our gradual, peaceful independence, ought to be an inspiration, so it’s fitting that the Grey Cup gets its name from a former Head of State, the Queen’s representative. The Grey Cup party has always been a source of both traditions and shenanigans. The Snowbirds or a fleet of fighter jets often herald the kick-off, the Prime Minister or Governor General frequently attends, our best musicians play at halftime, and two Mounties carry the cup out for the presentation. Above all, as Adam Radwanski eloquently puts it, “The general culture, the sense of community, is spectacularly egalitarian.” I recall being on the streets of Montreal leading up to the 2008 Grey Cup, watching fans slide in and out of the shops on St. Catherine and joke with each other about the projected outcome. The camaraderie is the glue. In a world where too many Canadians watch American TV, follow American politics, listen to American music, and even drink American beer (sold in Canada under the trademark Iced Tea®), it’s good to know that the CFL is enjoying its highest ratings ever. Nothing wrong with American stuff, but last time I checked we’re our own country, eh? We can hold our heads high and be proud of what we stand for here in the true north, strong, and free. It is true I was devastated to watch my Saskatchewan Roughriders lose again. I wandered the streets aimlessly
Internet Photo/TSN for an hour. I cried on my pillow. But that’s not the big story here. The big story is of a whole nation of people who stop for an evening and live the dream: the dream of having a nation where we can all - despite our myriad backgrounds and experiences of Canada - come together in peace and celebrate a great game. That, my dear readers, is what the Grey Cup is all about. It is with a touch of sadness that I end my final CFL Report. I have enjoyed bringing you the stories of Canadian football for the past four years. My bittersweet but fond farewell address to you is best said in the words of Emily Carr, “This is my country. What I want to express is ‘here’ and I love it!”
St. John Mill Rats fill out roster
New Brunswick’s pro basketball team draft former Hoya, sign Team Canada centre Jeffery Ferguson; capacity crowd expected for home opener
Final Four. Egerson’s strong collegiate and international career earned him a spot at the Boston Celtics 2009 training camp. “We were thrilled to be able to nab Marc with our first pick,” said McCarthy. “We fully expect him to be an impact player for the Mill Rats this season”. With their second-round pick, the Mill Rats took high-flying 6’4’’ guard Ridley Johnson from the University of Toledo. More recently, the Mill Rats made waves within the Canadian hoop scene by signing 6’11 forward/center Jeffrey Ferguson. “We signed him sight unseen,” McCarthy said of Ferguson, a Toronto native and former member of Canada’s national team. “We love Jeff ’s ability to be a force inside and on the glass, as well as a threat from the perimeter”. “I spoke to Ferguson on the phone and he said he is coming to dominate,” explained Mill Rats Head Coach Jaren Jackson. “That’s what we want to hear out of these guys.” The Mill Rats have also reacquired the services of point guard Eric Gilchrese. The PBL’s reigning Rookie of the Year averaged 17.0 ppg on 45.2 per cent from the field to go along with 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game for the Mill Rats last season. Gilchrese, along with player-owners David Cooper and Steve Deluca, are the teams’ only returning players. Other notable newcomers include Toronto-born guard Tristan Martin and 6’11’’, 270 lb center, Toree Morris. Morris enjoyed time with the Toronto Raptors in 2006 and has played under Coach Jackson in the NBDL. In a league with no guaranteed contracts, PBL players can’t afford to go through the motions, as is so often the case in the NBA. “[In the PBL] coaches won’t hesitate to make changes”, said McCarthy. “That’s what makes minor league basketball so great to watch”. Equipped with sharp new jerseys and a major corporate sponsor (Rogers Communications), the Saint John community has truly embraced the Mill Rats. The team’s first two preseason games at home, taking place on December 9th, has sold out, and the team has added 250 standing-roomonly seats at Harbour Station, which has a capacity of roughly 6,800. Visit www.millratsbasketball.ca for more info.
They’ve nabbed a former NBA champ and D-League Coach of the Year, signed a former member of Team Canada, drafted an ex-Georgetown Hoya, re-signed last year’s Rookie of the Year, and sold out Harbour Station weeks in advance of their first home game. As their inaugural season in Saint John approaches, the Mill Rats are prepared. In the months since announcing the PBL franchise’s relocation to Atlantic Canada, Mill Rats’ President and General Manager Ian McCarthy has been active in building the roster into what should be an exciting and competitive team. At the Premier Basketball League draft held last month in Chicago, the Mill Rats selected former Hoya forward Marc Egerson with fourth overall pick. The 6’7’’, 235 lb Egerson was a member of the Georgetown squad that reached the 2007 NCAA
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Goaltender Corley-Byrne stops forty shots in 1-0 loss to first place Aigles-Bleues
The Mount Allison Hockey Mounties split a pair of games this week against the first-place U de Moncton Aigles Bleues and the Dalhousie Tigers. After an 8-6 Moncton win over the Mounties four days prior, Wednesday’s game turned into a goaltending duel between Moncton’s Sabrina Rancourt and Mount Allison’s Second-Team All-Star goaltender Meghan Corley-Byrne. Corley-Byrne stopped 40 of 41 shots in the loss, including several spectacular saves in the second period. 21 of her saves came while shorthanded, and the only shot to elude her was a high wrist shot by “When she’s back there on a two-on-one rush, it’s really a two-on-two, she’s been great stepping up for us.” “We just couldn’t score,” Ball commented. “We really focused this week on being strong in front of our own net, but I think now it’s time to focus on being strong and getting to those rebounds in the offensive Rob Burroughs zone and capitalize when Moncton player Valerie Boisclair that we get the opportunity.” Saturday in Halifax, the Mounties came just over halfway through the were only able to capitalize on one third period. “We’ve got huge confidence in of nine power play opportunities, but Meghan,” said Head Coach Zach held off Dalhousie 3-0. The Tigers Ball following the game. “We know took 32 minutes in penalties, 20 of she’s always going to be there to make which came in the third. Goaltender Jenelle Hulan stopped quality saves. all 26 Tiger shots for her third win in a row against Dalhousie dating back to last season. Two of those three wins, including Saturday’s victory, were shutout victories for the sophomore Newfoundlander, who has an unprecedented .973 save percentage in three career games versus the Tigers. “We are happy with the result,” said Ball, “but we’re not satisfied with our play. We’re capable of putting together a much better game.” Jenica Bastarache opened the scoring on the powerplay with only three seconds remaining in the opening period. Only twenty seconds into the following period, Darla Frizzell put home her first of the season to increase the lead, and Megan Entwistle, in only her fourth career game, rounded out the scoring thirteen minutes later. The victory against the Tigers
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puts the Mounties in sixth place in the AUS, tied with the Saint Mary’s Huskies and four points up on the UPEI Panthers.
Mounties even record at 4-4
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Both teams came out fairly sluggishly offensively in the first half, as the Mounties committed 16 turnovers and shot only thirty per cent from the field, including 1 for 12 from downtown. The Seawolves, despite sixteen first-half points from guard Alec MacKinnon, fared little better, (forty per cent FG, 2 for 9 3-pt, 12 TO), and trailed at halftime 30-29. The Mounties held MacKinnon to just five points in the second half and came out with a sense of aggression on both sides of the court, driving the lane with purpose on offense and hounding the ball defensively. The home team showed great patience and ball movement in their offensive sets, and almost equaled their first half point total in the third quarter alone, pouring in an impressive 28 points. Second-year point guard Tim Crouse excelled in playing the role of floorgeneral, controlling the offense and finding open teammates on the fastbreak throughout the half.
After scoring only four points in the first half, Planinc heated up toward the end of the third quarter, sparking the Mounties offence with four threepointers and sixteen second-half points. The Mounties have had trouble defending against bigger post players all season. At times it looked as though their problems with interior defence would rear it's ugly head once again due to Seawolves centre Jason Demerchant, who finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds on Saturday. Mounties’ big man Stephen Bohan, however, countered with a strong game, grabbing 11 boards and playing Demerchant - who fouled out early in the fourth-quarter-effectively. The Mounties depth was likely the deciding factor in the win. Coach McMillan utilized an effective tenman rotation, and the home team bench outscored the Seawolves bench 28-17. Rookie guard Jordan Bedard led all bench scorers with 10 points (eight in the first half ), while guard Thomas Adams and forward Neal Beckett chipped in with five apiece. First-year guard/forward Thomas Denny provided some welcomed toughness in limited minutes, for good measure. The Basketball Mounties don’t play again until January 6 when they host the University of Maine-Machias Clippers.
Improve record to 2-6 following 58-54 win versus UNB Saint John Seawolves
Simon G. Murray
The women Basketball Mounties took the floor versus the UNBSJ Seawolves on Saturday hoping to eradicate the mistakes which led to two consecutive losses against STU and Holland College. Early on turnovers were an issue for the Mounties, however the Achilles’ heel from previous games, shooting, has improved exponentially. Kayla Robichaud nailed some shots early and ended the day with 12 points. Mackenzie Gray, who finished with a game high 20 points, worked the inside and earned key free throws to put the Mounties up early on. Lauren Antworth also shot the ball well in the first half and made an excellent three point play just before halftime to put the Mounties up by ten, 30-20. In the second half, the pace of the game slowed down as the Mounties held on to their commanding lead into the fourth quarter. The girls worked both the inside and outside to their advantage leaving the Seawolves without answers for the relentless Mountie attack. Particularly effective was the Mounties’ domination on the perimeter- set up by superior passing and ball movement- which the Seawolves simply could not defend. While their offence was finally clicking, there was still much to be desired from the Mountie defence, which gave up several key points in the fourth quarter. In a frustrating final five minutes, which saw the Seawolves come back and scramble to within one point of tying the game, players and fans alike stood in anticipation. Would the home team give up another game in the fourth quarter? However, the Mounties resisted the Seawolves’ push in the final minutes and managed to sink key free-throws in the dying minutes, giving them a four-point victory, 58-54. Gray led the way for the Mounties with 20, while Robichaud had 12, and Ashley Tawell chipped in with 8 points. UNBSJ Forward Christie Smith led the Seawolves with 19 Points. The Mounties will get to enjoy this win through the winter break. The team returns to the court in the new year on January 6.
Basketball women take care of business at home
Neal Beckett shoots over Seawolves’ Jason Demerchant.
The Mounties’ Mackenzie Gray drives past UNBSJ forward Emily Corey during Saturday’s game. Gray led all players with 20 points.
“Touch ‘em all, Joe!” yelled legendary Toronto Blue Jays radio announcer Tom Cheek, “ You’ll never hit a bigger home run in your life!” Trailing 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth with Ricky Henderson and Paul Molitor on base, Blue Jays first baseman Joe Carter stepped up to the plate against Philadelphia Phillies closer Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams and blasted the second World Serieswinning home run in baseball history. Carter’s shot remains one of the most iconic Canadian sports moments, cementing the second of back-to-back titles for the Blue Jays. During spring training of that 1993 season, the seeds of a nasty feud between owners and the MLB Players Association had been sown over issues with a proposed salary cap. Within eight months of Carter’s blast the players went on strike, cancelling the latter part of the 1994 season and the entire post-season, marking the first year without a World Series since 1904. How were millions of fans going to cope with the indefinite suspension of Major League Baseball? What could possibly fill the void? In anticipation
of the lockout and in the face of these questions, one group went into action: Hollywood producers. The result? Rookie of the Year, Mr. Baseball, Major League II, The Scout, Angels in the Outfield, The Sandlot, and Little Big League. An avalanche of baseball movies, all released between 1993 and the strike-shortened 1994. Seven flicks, ranging from the fairly forgettable (The Scout, Angels, Mr. Baseball) to the sublime (Major League, Sandlot, Little Big League, Rookie of the Year). A savvy business move on the part of Hollywood’s largest studios, baseball fans responded and hit the theatres in droves: the films earned a combined 171 million dollars at the box office in the U.S. alone. But was this a reaction to the lockout, or simply an unprecedented collection of genuinely great baseball movies? In Rookie of the Year, twelve-year old Henry Rowengartner breaks his arm and in the process somehow gains the ability to throw a baseball up to 103 mph. He’s spotted by the Chicago Cubs manager, who promptly offers him a spot on the big league club, despite the fact that he can’t learn Henry’s last name (“Runamaker!”, “Rulenfurter!”). Under the tutelage of Chet ‘Rocket’ Steadman (Gary Busey) and pitching coach Phil Brickma (the hilarious Daniel Stern), Rowengartner leads the Cubs to the pennant. Did I mention he was twelve?
Riding the coattails of ROY, Little Big League (maybe my favourite of the bunch) sees another twelve-year-old, Billy Heywood, hit the big leagues… as an Owner/manager of the Minnesota Twins. Heywood has to deal with controlling a bunch of grown men and (spoiler alert) ends up earning their respect in the process. Little Big League will best be remembered for perfecting the baseball montage, which takes up roughly seventy percent of the movie. Mr. Baseball follows the journey of Tom Selleck and his moustache, as the two play professional baseball in Japan. In The Scout, the great Albert Brooks plays a scout for the New York Yankees who tries to recruit pitching prodigy Steve Nebraska (Brendan Fraser). Angels in the Outfield is a remake of the 1951 film of the same name, and features Tony Danza as Los Angeles Angels pitcher Mel Clark, and Christopher Lloyd as an angel. Major League II chronicles another season of the dysfunctional Cleveland Indians, featuring familiar characters like Pedro Serrano, Jake Taylor, Roger Dorn, Willie Mays Hayes (Wesley Snipes), Isuru Tanaka, and closer Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughan (Charlie Sheen). If there was an All-Star team of movie baseball players, all of these guys would make it. The gold standard of early nineties baseball movies remains The Sandlot.
Graphic by Matt Collett A lifelong friendship is formed when, in the summer of 1962, the leader of a local backyard baseball team, Bennie “the Jet” Rodriguez, recruits the awkward new kid in town, Scotty Smalls, to play for his team. When a baseball signed by Babe Ruth goes over the outfield wall and into a backyard patrolled by the slobbering monster known as “The Beast”, the boys must overcome their fears and retrieve it, predictably coming of age in the process. Major League Baseball resumed play on April 2, 1995, and baseball movies subsequently faded away. There have been a handful released in the years since, but certainly nothing that could compare to what we saw during the cinematic baseball boom of 1993-1994. Except, of course for Ed, the 1996 movie where ‘Joey’ from Friends learns to deal with playing on the same minor league team as Ed, a baseball playing chimpanzee. That movie was awesome.
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